13) Two black ladies talking in downtown Ouro Preto. Gold and diamond mining was based on slave labor and was closely controlled by the Portuguese authorities who shifted the colony's capital from Salvador (Bahia) to the port of Rio de Janeiro to facilitate shipping and to better administer this source of wealth.13) Duas senhoras da raça negra, conversando no centro de Ouro Preto. A mineração de ouro e diamante estava baseada no trabalho escravo e era controlada de perto pelas autoridades portuguesas, que mudaram a capital da Colónia de Salvador (Bahia) para o porto do Rio de Janeiro, objetivando facilitar o transporte marítimo e melhor administrar esta fonte de riqueza.
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