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carnkie

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417 years ago
Posted: 02/01/2009 20:03:55
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Times have changed a wee bit. I think this was in Florida.



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417 years ago
Posted: 02/01/2009 20:44:50
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Interesting - hardly any difference to a modern gravel pump.
Just goes to show that, although regarded as 'savages' by the europeans that went there, the methods in use were surprisingly efficient

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Posted: 02/01/2009 22:07:46
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I agree, it tends to open up Pandoras Box. Gwyn once said to me (I'm sure he'll correct me if I'm misquoting) that one of the reasons the migrants left Britain was to escape the iniquities, exploitation and social conditions that prevailed here. They then proceeded to inflict the same on the Native Americans, with a little help it must be said. The historyof Wisconsin lead mining is another example although of course there are many.

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417 years ago
Posted: 02/01/2009 22:12:46
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Indeed they have changed; unfortunatly some mines in less developed areas of the world don't seem to be much different.

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Posted: 02/01/2009 22:21:51
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Very true. Take Bolivia. No, perhaps not.

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417 years ago
Posted: 04/01/2009 14:29:34
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You quote me fairly, Carnkie, however it was a quick generalisation in relation to the general British colonies that became the USA.
Here we have a picture purporting to be Florida in 1591. In this case it would be Spanish. I don't know either of the artists mentioned but it should be borne in mind that the Spanish had a great belief in the myth of Cibola, the Seven Cities of Gold. This myth permeated large areas of their culture including alot of their visual art.
The myth of Cibola drove Cortes, Soto, Coronada and Cabeza de Vaca. They never found it, of course, but left a trail of devastation.
The picture, it could be said, tells us more about the artists than it does about indigenous Americans!
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