What Gold Miners In A Bar Boasted They’d Done To An Uncontacted Amazonian Tribe Is Truly Disturbing

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Image: via Survival International

In a bar in Brazil, close to the Colombian border, a group of illegal miners are spinning seemingly tall tales. The miners claim that in the wilds of the Amazon they encountered a lost tribe – one of the few communities on Earth still untouched by the modern world. Then, as their story unfolds, they start to brag about having done something truly horrifying.

Image: Neil Palmer/CIAT

From its mist-shrouded mountains to the thick swathes of the Amazon jungle, Brazil has always been a wild and beautiful place. Ever since Europeans arrived there at the dawn of the 16th century, though, there have been outsiders present – keen to exploit the country’s abundant natural resources.

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Image: via New Christian Success and Prosecution in Rio de Janeiro

At first, Europeans began exporting Brazil’s Paubrasilia trees, known for their ability to produce a precious red dye. Then the colonists started transforming large tracts of the land into sugar plantations. They enslaved the native peoples and shipped their crops across the world.

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