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By Kendall W. Brown

ISBN-10: 0826351077

ISBN-13: 9780826351074

For twenty-five years, Kendall Brown studied Potosí, Spanish America's maximum silver manufacturer and maybe the world's most famed mining district. He examine the flood of silver that flowed from its Cerro Rico and realized of the toil of its miners. Potosí symbolized impressive wealth and incredible soreness. New international bullion influenced the formation of the 1st global economic climate yet while it had profound outcomes for exertions, as mine operators and refiners resorted to severe different types of coercion to safe employees. In
many instances the surroundings additionally suffered devastating harm.
All of this happened within the identify of wealth for person marketers, businesses, and the ruling states. but the query continues to be of ways a lot monetary improvement mining controlled to provide in Latin the USA and what have been its social and ecological results. Brown's specialise in the mythical mines at Potosí and comparability of its operations to these of alternative mines in Latin the US is a well-written and available examine that's the first to span the colonial period to the present.
Part of the Diálogos sequence of Latin American experiences

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8 As silver and gold flowed through the economy, they stimulated other economic activities that generated tax monies. The state also monopolized the distribution and sale of mercury. It collected the royal fifth on the Huancavelica distillers’ mercury, but sold the quicksilver at cost plus the expense of transporting it to the silver mines. To make quicksilver more accessible to refiners, the treasury sold it on credit. Some azogueros never paid for the mercury advanced to them, creating huge fiscal deficits.

5–7:1, whereas in Spain, as indicated above, the ratio was 12–14:1. ”32 Although Europeans traded some woolen textiles, metal products, and other goods for the luxuries of the East, Asian demand for European goods was not nearly as strong as the European taste for Eastern luxuries. Given this negative balance of trade, European merchants often had to pay for 40 to 50 percent of their purchases in silver. East Asia used the bullion as a medium of exchange in its economies and thus was willing to trade luxury goods for the metals.

Nonetheless, this region proved the richest in gold of all Spanish America. ”30 Spaniards eventually exploited deposits in the Chocó region along the Pacific coast; the Cauca drainage system, especially around Popayán and Antioquia; and the Magdalena valley. A form of macabre pseudo-mining, the robbing of pre-Hispanic graves, also yielded considerable gold. Colonial miners used both placer and vein mining. The most simple placer method was panning the gravel and sand from stream and river bottoms.

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