In four brief chapters, renowned historian of the colonial Andes Rossana Barragán takes us around the world in a dozen pictures, explaining along the way how the silver mountain known as the Cerro Rico de Potosí became a global icon.

Chapter 1 begins with the iconic 1553 image of the Cerro Rico published in Seville by Pedro de Cieza de León and its afterlife in the work of Agustín de Zárate (1555) and then in the various versions of the Tarih-i Hind-i Garbi produced between 1580 and the late nineteenth century in Istanbul, at first as manuscripts and later as printed books. Drawing from a great well of sources, Barragán focuses on the significance of early publishing houses and the key role of Antwerp in disseminating New World chronicles. She sets Cieza de León's rather precisely labeled Cerro Rico, which matches his...

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