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Ecuador - Request for authorization for gold prospecting

Request made by Manuel Cayetano Mendoza, of Portuguese nationality, to be allowed to live in Quito with his slaves who are mine workers; a licence was granted to search for gold. 

Heritage document in the National Archive of Ecuador, in the series called Mines, box 2, file 9, number of pages: 8.

Document reporting the use of black labour in mine exploitation.

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1750 Enero 14