Engineering Camp, Copiapó, Chile
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Attributed to Carleton E. Watkins
American, 1852
4 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.

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In 1852 Watkins went to New York, then returned to California the following spring aboard the SS Michael Angelo, which was loaded with tons of supplies destined for mining camps on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. The vessel proceeded to the port of Caldera, Chile, where goods destined for the mines at Copiapó were unloaded. Miners and their various forms of shelter, such as the tent shown here in the landscape, were among Watkins's favorite subjects.