Silver mining in historic New England.
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Silver Mining in New England

New England has never been a major mining region, and precious metals, including gold and silver, are particularly uncommon here. This suited the early Puritan settlers and their descendants just fine, as they put more stock in useful metals like copper, iron, and lead than in gold and silver. "A gold mine would have been a curse to the latest generation," wrote John Hayward in his New England Gazetteer in 1839.

Nevertheless (human nature being what it is), people did search for precious metals in New England, and a few silver deposits were found in the 18th and early 19th centuries, particularly at these locations in Connecticut:


Silver Deposits in Connecticut



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