Potosi: The Silver Mine that Changed the World

Spanish colonial rule in the Americas was a brutal regime that killed millions of native Americans and transferred a nearly unimaginable volume of wealth from the New World to the Old World. Awful though it was, the Spanish efforts in the Americas would profoundly change not just the Americas but also the entire world. Rarely remembered today, Potosí and its mountain - Cerro Rico, literally “Rich Mountain” - would play a pivotal role in history.

Jul 21, 2021 | 13:43 | Josh Geiger

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