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Llallagua, by Victor Montoya

The village of Llallagua - Photo: Luis Chugar

Llallagua, A Mining Town in the Andes - español

By Victor Montoya

Translation: Elizabeth Gamble Miller

The indigenous people baptized these hills with the name for a root in the Quechua language, Llallagua, because the potato-like geological formations appeared to be a root of good fortune. There, Simón I. Patiño, one of the tycoons of Bolivian mining, found the richest layer of tin ore in the whole world at the end of the 19th century. From that time on Llallagua became the new Potosí, and Simón I. Patiño, who fought the boulders like a conquistador without a sword or armor, became the new King of Tin and, with Ford and Rockefeller, one of the few multimillionaires. Continue reading