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Full namePotosí
Official namePotosí
ProvinceTomás Frías
MunicipalityPotosí Municipality
FoundedApril 1, 1545
MayorRené Joaquino
Total Area45.6 sq mi (118.1 km2)
Elevation13343.2 ft (4067 m)
Total Population164481 (2007)
Other information
Time zoneUTC-4 (UTC)

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Potosí is a city and the capital of the department of Potosí in Bolivia. It is one of the highest cities in the world by elevation at a nominal 4090 m . and it was the location of the Spanish colonial mint, now the National Mint of Bolivia. Potosí lies beneath the Cerro de Potosí-sometimes referred to as the Cerro Rico ("rich mountain")-a mountain popularly conceived of as being "made of" silver ore, which has always dominated the city. The Cerro Rico is the reason for Potosí's historical importance, since it was the major supply of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire. This silver was taken by llama and mule train to the Spanish Main whence it was then taken to Spain on the Spanish treasure fleets. Cerro de Potosí's peak is 4824 m above sea level.

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