School girl in Panajachel, Guatemala, selling fabrics. She says "Why don't you buy my stuff?" I gave her a little Australian flag.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Silver Cities of Mexico

The old Spanish colonial cities of Taxco, Guanajuato, and Zacatecas are located not too far away from Mexico City. These are the "silver cities" of Mexico. They are beautifully preserved like they were in colonial times, but now they thrive on tourism.

The great wealth produced by silver mining during colonial times of the 16th to 18th centuries financed lavish mansions for the "silver barons", ornate cathedrals, theaters, and impressive government palaces that made New Spain truly a rival of the mother country.
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