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Tales of Inhumanity

July 9, 2012

“Each of [the foremen] had made it a practice to sleep with the Indian women who were in his workforce, whether they were married women or maidens. While the foreman remained in the hut or the cabin with the Indian woman, he sent the husband to dig gold out of the mines; and in the evening when the wretch returned, not only was he beaten or whipped because he had not brought up enough gold, but further, most often, he was bound hand and foot and flung under the bed like a dog, before the foreman lay down, directly over him, with his wife.”
A Dominican monk, on conditions in the mines in Santo Domingo following European conquest.

English: Sailing to California for the Califor...

English: Sailing to California for the California Gold Rush (originally published in 1850s). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Interestingly, Naida West in her great trilogy about California in the 19th century, describes similar behavior toward Native American women by the miners during the gold rush with similar results; extermination of the native population and culture.

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