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Woman and a boy working in a coal mine, Bolton, Lancashire, 1848
Woman and a boy working in a coal mine, Bolton, Lancashire, 1848
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Lord Shaftesbury, British Conservative statesman and philanthropist, late 19th century
Lord Shaftesbury, British Conservative statesman and philanthropist, late 19th century
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The rag and bone man of Paris, 1892. Artist: Henri Meyer
The rag and bone man of Paris, 1892. Artist: Henri Meyer
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The City Rises, 1911. Artist: Umberto Boccioni
The City Rises, 1911. Artist: Umberto Boccioni
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Coal miner working a narrow seam, c1864
Coal miner working a narrow seam, c1864
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Early 19th century coal miner working a narrow seam, c1868
Early 19th century coal miner working a narrow seam, c1868
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Mount Potosi, Bolivia, c1788
Mount Potosi, Bolivia, c1788
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Tapping a blast furnace and casting iron into pigs, c1900
Tapping a blast furnace and casting iron into pigs, c1900
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Charging the retorts at the Beckton gasworks, London, 1878
Charging the retorts at the Beckton gasworks, London, 1878
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Lord Shaftesbury, English statesman, moral philosopher, philanthropist
Lord Shaftesbury, English statesman, moral philosopher, philanthropist
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Zulu boys working at De Beers diamond mines, Kimberley, South Africa, c1885
Zulu boys working at De Beers diamond mines, Kimberley, South Africa, c1885
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Basuto miners in De Beers diamond mines, Kimberley, South Africa, c1885
Basuto miners in De Beers diamond mines, Kimberley, South Africa, c1885
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Mount Potosi, Bolivia, c1788 Featured Print

Mount Potosi, Bolivia, c1788

Mount Potosi, Bolivia, c1788. In 1545 one of the world's richest silver deposits was discovered at Mount (Cerro) Potosi in what is now Bolivia. The Spanish conquistadors at first used native labour to exploit the silver, but by the early 17th century they were importing slaves from Africa. Life in the mines was brutal and short, and in the smelter the workers breathed in mercury vapour. It is estimated that between 1545 and 1825 some 8 million African and native South American workers died in the mines. The refined metal was taken to the west coast, now Chile, where it was loaded into galleons and carried to Europe to finance the Spanish empire. On the right is a wind-powered stamping mill for processing ore. From New ... System of Universal Geography by Thomas Bankes. (London, c1788)

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Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, British politician
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, British politician
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