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Mountain in the Andes near the Bolivian city of Potosí

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Cerro Rico
Cerro Potosí / Sumaq Urqu
Cerro ricco.jpg
View of Cerro Rico from Potosí
Highest point
Elevation4,782 m (15,689 ft)
Coordinates19°37′8″S 65°44′59″W / 19.61889°S 65.74972°W / -19.61889; -65.74972Coordinates: 19°37′8″S 65°44′59″W / 19.61889°S 65.74972°W / -19.61889; -65.74972
Geography
Cerro Rico is located in Bolivia
Cerro Rico
Cerro Rico
Location in Bolivia
LocationBolivia, Potosí
Parent rangeAndes

Cerro Rico (Spanish for "rich mountain"), Cerro Potosí[1] ("Potosí mountain") or Sumaq Urqu[2] (Quechua sumaq "beautiful, good, pleasant", urqu "mountain",[3] "beautiful (good or pleasant) mountain") is a mountain in the Andes near the Bolivian city of Potosí. Cerro Rico, which is popularly conceived of as being "made of" silver ore, is famous for providing vast quantities of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire. It is estimated that eighty-five percent of the silver produced in the central Andes during this time came from Cerro Rico.[4] As a result of mining operations in the mountain, the city of Potosí became one of the largest cities in the New World.[5]

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  4. ^ Weatherford, Jack (2010) [1st pub 1988]. Indian givers: how Native Americans transformed the world (2nd ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. p. 6. ISBN 9780307717153. OCLC 656265477.
  5. ^ Dore, Elizabeth (2000). "Environment and Society: Long-Term Trends in Latin American Mining". Environment and History. 6 (1): 1–29. doi:10.3197/096734000129342208. JSTOR 20723118.

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Nearby Places

  • Potosí

    city in Bolivia

  • Cerro Rico
  • Estadio Víctor Agustín Ugarte
  • National Mint of Bolivia
  • Captain Nicolas Rojas Airport
  • Potosí Municipality

    Municipality in Potosí Department, Bolivia

  • Tomás Frías Autonomous University
  • Pari Urqu
  • Khari Khari
  • Khari Khari Lakes
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