Piles of salt arranged near a salt pan on Maio. A woman transports some using a container balanced on her head. These large salt pans, or salinas, located near Vila do Maio, were the islands main source of income for centuries. Salt from these pans was transported to an English port where it was then shipped to various countries around the world. The business tapered off in the 19th century when the principal market for salt at the time, Brazil, introduced tariffs.
salt pans, salinas, industry, resources
Rhode Island College
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