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British mineralogist John Mawe visited Brazil in 1809-1810. With the permission of the prince regent of Portugal, he spent much of his time in the diamond and gold mining regions of Minas Gerais. Cities visited include Villa Rica, Santa Rita, Mariana, Tejuco, Serro Frio, and Minas Novas.
Chapter XVII (starting on page 280) includes his brief description of Bahia "as I did not visit it, I have only to present some observations from the best information I could procure (280)." He presents some comments on the social and economic position of Salvador, and then goes on to praise the fertility of the region's soil. Mawe then describes the process of making sugar.