Drawing 1: Saltpeter mining operation at
Mammoth Cave, c. 1810-1815.
Questions for Drawing 1
1. Based on what you learned in Reading 2, describe what is happening in this drawing.
2. Make a list of the pros and cons of working in a cave. What do you think it would be like? Is this an environment you would enjoy working in? Why or why not?
3. Why was saltpeter mining important in the early 19th century? Why did this mining operation become unprofitable?
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