The silver mines of Guanajuato Mexico: bringing riches to the region

The city of Guanajuato was founded in 1559 due to the region's rich silver and gold deposits. The conquistador Juan de Tolosa observed the native people with shiny rocks. He started looking in Zacatecas (a state located farther north in Mexico) and in 1546 found silver mines that made him very rich. Other conquistadors started looking too, and in 1548...

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