Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
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Entitled – Potosi. The City and the Mountain.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Potosi. – In order to reach this remote city of Bolivia from our last stopping-place, we must perforce return to Valparaiso, whence we proceed to the Peruvian Pacific port of Iquique – the unlovely little saltpetre city – by the joint service of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company and the South American Steamship Company.
The Bolivian province of Potosi has an area of 54,300 square miles, and contains a population of 281,229.
The surface is mountainous, frequently rising above the limit of vegetation; and it contains the richest silver mines in South America.
The chief city of this province is also called Potosi, and it is situated on the north declivity of the Cerro de Potosi, seventy miles south-west of Sucre, the capital of Bolivia.
Early in the seventeenth century the City of Potosi is believed to have had a population of from 100,000 to 150,000, but we doubt whether it now contains a tenth of that number.
Potosi stands on uneven ground, and has in its centre a spacious square, or Plaza, in which may be seen the Government House, Town Hall, Treasury, and Mint, not to mention a prison and a few churches.
The vicinity of the city is barren and cheerless, as may perhaps be judged from our picture.
The stupendous peak seen in the above striking view is the Cerro de Potosi, which is eighteen miles in circumference and attains an altitude of 15,977ft. above the level of the sea.
The silver mines of Potosi are known throughout the world, and, as in most mining cities, living is frightfully dear in this place.
The great mountain shown here is an inexhaustible source of wealth, abounding as it does in many metallic ores.
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