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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.

A Visit To The Mines of Potosí

Here we some photos from our visit to Potosí, Bolivia.

The man is Basilio. He has been working as a miner in Cerro Rico in Potosí, Bolivia since he was 10 years old. He took us on a tour of his mine, showed us how they use dynamite, and preform ceremonies to their patron deity, El Tío (the Catholic Devil). Cerro Rico has been mined since the Spanish discovered its wealth in 1542 and has produced more silver, and other minerals, and more death (some eight million African and indigenous slaves) than probably any other mine in the world. It largely built Spain’s colonial empire. Now it mostly produces Tin and Zinc, but the occasional rich Silver vein is still discovered.