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The Devil and the Mountain: A Biography of the Bolivian Miner (90 images)

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Since the great days of Potosí, whose mountain of silver filled the Spanish war chest and whose steeples of fortune became the image of prosperity upon which countless American boomtowns modeled themselves, the Bolivian miner has been a slave, a soldier, and an ephemeral king.

Within the maze of tunnels of the Cerro Rico, or "Rich Hill" of Potosí alone, millions have died, both as forced laborers and as desperate treasure-seekers. In a country whose...
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