The Imperial City of Potosí: An unwritten chapter in the by Lewis Hanke

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Reproductions of Potosi paintings are to be found in the Exposici6n de arte religioso retrospectivo issued by the Museo Hist6rico Provincial of Rosario, Argentina, in 1914. Other items to be noted are Pedro Juan Vignale, La casa real de moneda de Potosi (Buenos Aires, 1944); Juan Giuria, "Organizaci6n estructural de las iglesias coloniales de La Paz, Sucre, y Potosi," Anales del Instituto de arte americana e investigaciones esteticas (Buenos Aires, 1949), no. 2, pp. 97-103; and Mario J. Buschiazzo, "La arquitectura de Mojos y Chiquitos," ibid.

The most important conclusion to be drawn, however, is that there was little development-that one of the most important mines ever discovered in the world was always exploited by out-of-date methods, and that the Spaniards who labored there over the centuries almost always displayed an unimaginative approach to their scientific problems. d. Indian labor Whether the mining methods and the mining laws were adequate or unsatisfactory, Indians performed all the hard labor at Potosi. Within five years after the first shaft was sunk, Spaniards had scoured the countryside for hundreds of miles around to bring Indians to work in the mines.

The Academia has just started to publish a catalogue of this rich collection, Catdlogo de La coleecion de Don Juan Bautista Munoz, I (Madrid, 1954). 46 R. A. Humphreys, William Robertson and his 'History of America' (London, 1954), pp. 24-25. 47 Enrique de Gandia has produced voluminously on this subject. Perhaps the Historia critica de los mitos y leyendas de la conquista americana, second ed. (Buenos Aires, 1943) is his most useful work on this topic. 48 Baron Erland Nordenskiold, "The Guarani invasion of the Inca Empire in the sixteenth century: An historical Indian migration," Geographical Review, IV (New York, 1917), pp.

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