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The Potosi Silver Mine-the Treasury of the World | History ...

05/06/2021· In 1533, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro executed the last effective Inca Emperor Atahualpa. In a few decades, the Spanish conquered the entire Inca Empire. In 1545, Inca prospector Diego Gualpa searched for the Inca treasure on the 4,782 meters (15,689 feet) high mountain above Potosi in Bolivia. He didn’t find the Inca treasure, but he stumbled upon the richest source of silver in ...

A conquistador treasure in the Franklin Mountains - Lone ...

Juan de Oñate was the son of a wealthy Spanish silver mine developer. In 1595, King Phillip II of Spain appointed Juan de Oñate as governor, captain general, caudillo, discoverer and pacifier of New Mexico – a territory yet not conquered by the Spaniards. The king sent Oñate out on an expedition with two goals: find riches for Spain and convert the natives to Christianity. Oñate was ...

Conquistadors caused Toxic Air Pollution 500 years ago by ...

13/02/2015· After the Spanish invasion in the 16 th century, the Conquistadors changed mining and smelting methods, increasing efficiency and enabling them to mine more of the coveted silver at a faster rate. However, the new process of extracting silver used toxic liquid mercury. The resulting metallic dust from mining and smelting was carried by winds and fell around the South American continent. Lizleafloor

Conquistador's Gold | The Plundering of the Americas ...

28/04/2020· Also Read: Silver & Gold Mining in Old Mexico. When Pizarro and his men captured the Incan Emperor Atahualpa in 1532, he filled a large room with gold and silver to try and buy his freedom. After the room was filled Pizarro and his men used Atahuapla to rule the Incan empire, forced him to convert to Christianity, and eventually killed him. Hernando de Soto was another conquistador, who ...

Striking it rich in Mexico: the Age of Silver in the ...

22/01/2015· Zoning in on Zacatecas. It all began, so the story goes, in the mid-1500s when a local Chichimec man gave a piece of silver to a Spanish conquistador. Soon, mining operations were digging up ton after ton of the precious metal and transporting it to Mexico City for the Spanish crown. By the 18th century Zacatecas was producing 20% of the silver ...