No one knows for sure who discovered the first gold stone. It was some day between 1693 and 1698. At that time, the explorers known as ‘’bandeirantes’’ travelled across Minas Gerais mountains looking for the legendary Serra de Sabarabuçu. In this search, our anonymous discoverer got very impressed with the dark stones found in Tripuí river. Dark gold, eclipse of the sun of the purest carat, covered by a thin layer of iron oxide.
As soon as its value was recognized, the search began. The story filled the imagination of the adventurers, who penetrated the forests searching for a reference of glory, a peak called Itacolumi. Resting down on its foot were the most dreamed-of gold mines.
Excerpts from the text of Marcelo J. B. Resende
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