Potosi Streets

At an altitude of 4090m Potosi claims to be the world's highest city. It was founded in 1546 as a mining town to produce and refine silver for the Spanish Empire. By 1700 it had a population of 200,000 and was one of the world's largest and wealthiest cities. The cost of mining in human lives was terrible. Europeans were unable to cope with the high altitude and Sucre, the current capital, developed as a result. By 1800 the silver was running out and mining for tin and other ores began and continues to this day. Current population is around 170,000 people and the colonial centre remains as an attractive reminder of darker days.

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