Las Entrañas de la Riqueza

Santa Fe y Real de Minas de Guanajuato was settled in 1546, and it was the largest town in 1574, but it was many years before that word went from mouth to mouth: these mountains forming a capricious ravine hid silver veins that would only demand faith, ambition,   labor and, sometimes, some luck to be found.

Miners, adventurers, muleteers, slaves, workers, conquistadors, soldiers and evangelists came practically at once to write down a legend they never imagined.

Names like Cata, Rayas, Mellado, Guadalupe, Valenciana, and, beyond the mountains, El Mineral de La Luz, soon gave identity and reference of what was going on: from underground there was unimaginable wealth that would change the course of history, before and after the New Spain.

The town of Santa Fe y Real de Minas de Guanajuato was settled in 1546 and by 1547 it was already the largest town in the region. However, it was many years before word spread that these mountains looming on either side of a steep ravine hid a vein of silver so plentiful that anyone with a little faith, ambition, hard work, and a little bit of luck could strike it rich.

Miners, adventurers, muleteers, slaves, workers, conquistadors, soldiers and missionaries all rushed to take part in the creation of a legend beyond their wildest dreams.wq23w

The names of the mines at Cata, Rayas, Mellado, Guadalupe, Valenciana and, beyond the mountains, El Mineral de La Luz soon gave an identity and a form to what was happening: under the ground was unimaginable wealth that would change the course of history, not only of New Spain, but the whole world.

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