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Discovery of Diamonds in South Africa

Discovery of Diamonds in South Africa World History Social Studies Tragedies and Triumphs

While walking along a bank of the Orange River, on his father's farm, Erasmus Jacobs - a fifteen-year-old Afrikaner - found a beautiful pebble.  He didn't know what it was. 

The American Museum of Natural History tells us what happened next:

The story of diamonds in South Africa begins between December 1866 and February 1867, when 15-year-old Erasmus Jacobs found a transparent stone on his father's farm, on the south bank of the Orange River. Over the next 15 years, South Africa yielded more diamonds than India had in over 2,000 years.


Media Credits

Image of diamond discovery at Kimberley, 1867, online courtesy the National Library of South Africa.

Quoted passage from the story of Diamonds at the American Museum of Natural History.

 

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