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Cerro Rico ("rich mountain") was the one and only reason for the foundation of Potosí. Soon after the Spanish conquistadores reached this region it was detected that this ugly mountain consists mainly of silver ore. Silver was at the end of the Middle Ages in the Old World mined from several mines in the Alps, the Carpathians and other areas, mostly by experienced and relatively well paid miners who formed a very special group of the society with quite a good standing.
Here the miners were an unpaid workforce consisting of slaves recruited locally but even brought from Africa and so the silver from Potosí could easily compete with the silver mined in the Old World.
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