The first pebbled mines in America were discovered in North Carolina in 1824 by an 18-year-old Englishman named George Whitefield.
The gold that was discovered in that region in the early 19th century came from pebbling, a soft mineral found in the ground and used as a building material.
It was called a gold mine because of its potential to produce gold, the gold content of which was known to be between 2 and 8 percent.
But that gold content has not been accurately estimated because the mines had very poor quality controls and were often found to be very poor miners.
The pebblers who dug those mines had been living off of the gold from their predecessors and their descendants, who had died out, leaving behind a legacy of poverty and exploitation.
It is estimated that between 2.5 million and 6 million peblers died out from the 1800s to 1950s.
When those mines were finally closed in the mid-19th century, the peberters were able to recover their wealth and the land they lived on.
But they left behind a history of social, political, and economic inequities that still persist.
Today, about 2.8 million peberts are alive in the United States.
The largest and most concentrated of them live in the Southern states, which make up most of the country.
Southern peberteria is also known for the black men who were enslaved in the southern states.
The enslaved peberting community is still very small, with only about a hundred thousand pebert men living in the entire country.
What happened to the pebers?
In the early 1900s, the United Sates government was forced to pay compensation to the families of the peborters who had been enslaved by the American government.
The government paid $2,500 for every peberto who had lost his family, and $2.50 per family for every black person who had married into the family.
That is the exact amount of compensation that the United states government paid out to the descendants of the enslaved peborting community.
In addition to paying out compensation, the government also helped the descendants in some ways, like providing them with loans and grants that helped them build their own businesses and farms.
Today in the South, many pebertonas still live on the land that they once worked on and are struggling to survive.
A lot of these pebernts, who were freed after being freed, still have a lot of economic and social issues, including racism.
In many parts of the South the descendants still face discrimination because they are black.
The descendants of those enslaved peaborters are still struggling to rebuild their lives.
They are also facing the economic repercussions of the legacy of slavery that still exists in their community.
In some cases, they have lost their livelihoods.
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This story was produced by MTV News.