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Richard Cumberland letters

Identifier: SC 01763

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Content Description

Six letters sent by Richard Cumberland to his mother from Maranhao, Brazil. Cumberland, who was British, worked for a mining company that was operating in the jungle outside of Rodondo, a village in Maranhao. He writes about the living conditions, the climate, the pay, and the people he encountered.

Content warnings for derogatory language, mentions of racially motivated violence, drug use.


  • Creation: March 5th, 1929 - May 21st, 1929


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