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  • Juan Javier del Granado
The ayllus tacitly / believe the whispered threats / which thunder in the sky / while scudding clouds reflect / the flying images / of errant conquerors. This collection of poems focuses on the rich history that spread the phrase "worth a Potosi" throughout the Spanish-speaking world. At the peak of Potosi's prosperity in the early 17th century, the city's steep streets were filled with hopeful men from all over the Iberian peninsula eager to take a shot at the Cerro Rico. Artisans and merchants from Europe also came and turned the town into an architectural wonder, with a state-of-the-art water distribution system, lavish churches and dozens of gambling houses. By the year 1610, Potosi had swollen to 160,000 residents, far surpassing that of any other city in the Americas. The boom enriched neighboring cities such as Charcas, a gem of colonial architecture that is Bolivia's historic capital. Miners worked furiously at the Cerro Rico, eventually blasting and chipping nearly 1,000 feet off of its commanding height.
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Editorial Javeriana
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Juan Javier del Granado. Potosi. Sucre(2003)
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