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Letter: Have we destroyed the gold ore at Argyle airport?
Published on December 24, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Has the Argyle area been geologically surveyed as the mountains were removed from the airport site for crushing? I noticed that some of the ground formation is formed from volcanic ash and tephra, some from pyroclastic flows, and some from up-thrust rock formation. Many different types of rock and ores, from many different eruptions. Is there a resident geologist on site testing all the samples on a continual basis?

I have been picking up rocks at Argyle over the last few weeks. I found rock that was stained green from heavy deposits of copper. I have found rock with surface rust, iron ore. And I have found white quartz that is usually the carrier of gold.

Gold is often carried in white quartz created by extreme temperatures and pressures of the friction created by tectonic plate movement.

St Vincent and the Eastern Caribbean Islands sit astride the Caribbean tectonic plates. That is why there is a line of volcanoes running through the islands, created by plate friction at the up-thrust of the plates. There is every possibility that we have/had ‘gold in them thar hills’. Even perhaps there is still gold in them thar hills, even in the rivers. Has anyone ever panned for gold in the Yambu river at Argyle?

Europe's interaction with the search for Caribbean gold began in 1492 with the Spanish sponsored voyages of Christopher Columbus to the Caribbean. Columbus was believed to be related by marriage to a Portuguese lady of the Gonsalves family of Madeira. The Gonsalves of Madeira were part of the family that sea captain Antonio Gonsalves belonged to; indeed it was he who first started off the Atlantic slave trade. A portrait that the Gonsalves family are framed in to this very day.

The story has it that when Columbus discovered the Caribbean, he believed he was in India, he didn’t know he was in the Caribbean. That is why he called the indigenous Caribbean people Indians because that is who he thought they were.

This background allowed Columbus to view his task as mainly one of discovery of Indian gold, silver and pearls. To be followed by the establishment of commercial outposts and trading centres that would tap into indigenous valuable resources. The primary goal of this system was the quick exploitation of the local area with minimum investment.

The primary goal of this system was the conquest and eventual settlement of new lands for the purpose of long-term mineral exploitation.

Once native resistance was crushed, the Spanish forced the villages to grow cash crops, pay tribute, and mine for their precious gold. The Spanish regime was brutal and violent. Rapes and massacres were casual and frequent in occurrence, rationalized by a racist worldview that justified the exploitation of non-Christians or non-whites.

Many islands in the Caribbean had deposits of gold that could be viably extracted on a commercial basis. St Vincent was visited and named by Christopher Columbus in 1498. He obviously found no evidence of mined gold or he would have established a settlement.

That doesn’t mean there wasn’t any in St Vincent. I ask the question: has anyone recently carried out geological surveys at Argyle as the many different layered hills and mountains were removed?

Have we lost our gold?

Peter Binose
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