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Our last stop in Bolivia was in Potosi—the highest elevation city in the world, at 14,000’. Formerly the wealthiest city in Latin America, it is now very economically depressed. This photo shows a monument to Cerro Rico – rich mountain, which since the 1500s provided the silver that kept Spain fat and happy while the indigenous workers died in slave labor. The beautiful Spanish-influenced architecture remains, but the mountain has been intensely over-mined, to the point where no companies are even operating there any more. The only mining that goes on is through a workers cooperative, and what they find is hardly enough to survive. When you enter the town you pass by massive piles of tailings, built up from over 350 years of mining.

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