For scholars of colonial Latin America, the legendary wealth of the silver mines of Potosí may be as familiar as the conical outline of the Cerro Rico itself. For those with different regional, thematic, or temporal foci, their understanding of the mining center and its broader significance may remain little more than an outline. This volume, bringing together contributions by established and emerging scholars, admirably accomplishes the task of introducing the uninitiated to the history and historiography of Potosí while assembling for the specialist a collection of innovative contributions that break new methodological and thematic ground, demonstrating both the importance and vitality of the subject.

After an introduction that convincingly argues the unique historical significance of the world's richest silver deposits and the mining center that emerged around them, the editors organize the volume into four sections that reflect the broad themes of the work they contain. The first considers...

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