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  • Cerro Rico

    Founded in the 16th Century, the city of Potosí, Bolivia was once the richest city in the world, a result of the Spanish conquest's exploitation the nearby Cerro Rico mountain for its vast deposits of silver. Though the silver reserves are now largely depleted, the mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, continues to be mined by local companies. Children as young as ten years old work in the mines, even operating jackhammers alongside the the adults.