National Geographic : 1943 Mar
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome bylenno Jacobs from Three Lions Potosi's Silver Mountain Yielded Two Billion Dollars, Crammed Spain's Treasure Galleons; Now ItYields Tin Bleak, 15,380-foot Cerro Rico today produces the "precious" metal only as a by-product of "base" tin. It was discovered in1545 byapoor Indian herder. Thousands of mine pits scar its face. Colonial Potosi's homes bulged with riches; now they crumble. One of itsfamous oldchurches remains (left).