The central square of Real del Monte, Mexico.Diego Delso/Wikimedia, CC BY
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The history of Real del Monte, Mexico’s little slice of Cornwall

Sitting at an altitude of 2,700m, Real del Monte in the Mexican state of Hidalgo is a pretty colonial-era town. But with its silver mining heritage, architecture and meat pasties, it is also home to a little slice of Cornwall, southwest England.

The surrounding silver mines produced more than half the silver produced during the 300 years of Spanish rule between 1521 and 1821. But the mines were in bad condition when they were sold in 1824 to a group of English investors.

The central square of Real del Monte, Mexico.
The central square of Real del Monte, Mexico. Diego Delso/Wikimedia, CC BY

The investors formed the Company of the Gentlemen Adventurers in the Mines of Real del Monte, and recruited more than 130 miners and engineers who had been working in tin mines in Cornwall. When they arrived a year later in Veracruz, some never got any further, falling victim to an outbreak of yellow fever. It took the others more than a year to reach Real del Monte, hauling their Cornish steam engines with the help of donkeys through marshes and rainforests. The famous engines were used to drain the underground water in the Cornish mines and would do the same job in Mexico. Cont…Read full original article…

Source: The Conversation

31 August, 2017, 5:30 pm

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