Cooperative miners in the Candelaria silver mine, one of hundreds in the Cerro Rico, or "Rich Hill" above Potosi, Bolivia. Almost all the miners chew coca leaves to alleviate the pain and exhaustion of working in mines that have been changed little by industrialization. The richest source of silver ever discovered, these mines were already beginning to play out at Bolivia's independence from Spain in 1825. JOSH REYNOLDS PHOTO (image by Joshua T. Reynolds)
Cooperative miners in the Candelaria silver mine, one of hundreds in the Cerro Rico, or "Rich Hill" above Potosi, Bolivia. Almost all the miners chew coca leaves to alleviate the pain and exhaustion of working in mines that have been changed little by industrialization. The richest source of silver ever discovered, these mines were already beginning to play out at Bolivia's independence from Spain in 1825. JOSH REYNOLDS PHOTO
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