National Geographic : 1934 Dec
Photograph by Hugo Brehme A FRENCHMAN WHO DIED A PAUPER BUILT A SPANISH COLONIAL CHURCH INAMEXICAN TOWN Jose de Laborde was once looked upon as the richest mine owner in the world, as a result of his search for gold and silver inthe hills about this village ofTasco. Fortune frowned, but not until Europe had sent its best architects and Asia its rare objects of art to erect a memorialtohis enduring fame. From theoreofTasco Spaniards sent home their first shipment of silver. In the foreground are Mexican peons taking produce to market.