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1. Quantity of Registered Gold and Silver
extracted from the mines of America between
0 the years of 1492 and 1803.

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ready given, with - - - -1,353,452,000
The mines of Tasco, Zultepec,
Pachuca, and Tlapujahua,
are almost the only ones
which were worked immedi-
ately after the destruction of the
city of Tenochtilan in 1521,
and from that memorable period
till 154<8. As the quantity of
gold and silver coined in the
- beginning of the 18th century
did not exceed five millions of

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piastres per annum, I reckon
_ from the conquest by Hernan
Cortez till 15418 For the
total produce of Mexico - - 40,500,000 i

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In 1548 the mines of Zacatecas '

began to be worked, and the

mines of Guanaxuato in 1558 ; _

and nearly at the same period

amalmagation was invented by-.

Medina We may reckon from

15418 till 1600 at least two

millions, and from 1600 till

1690 three millions per an

num - - - - - - - - 874,000,000 The mines of Potosi, supplied

from their discovery in 1545 till

the year 1803 1095;} millions .

of piastres, or 128,882,000

marcs , namely, from 1545 to

1550 nearly - - - - - - 127,500,000 From 1559 to 1789, according V

to the registers of the treasury

already given - - - - - - 788,258,500 Add on account of the value of

the peso de minas, from 1556 I

to 1000 - - - - - - 134,000,000 Produce of Potosi, from 1789 to 1803 - . . - - -1 -- 46,000,000

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The mines of Pasco or Yauri-
cocha, discovered in 1630,
yielded up to 1803 nearly
800 millions omiastres, or
$15,300,000 n_1a_§<_:_s_; namely, from
1630 to 1792, at Q00,000 marcs
perannum.- - - - - - -
From 1792 to 1801, according
to the registers - -' - - -_
Produce of the Cerro de Yau-
ricocha, from 1801 till 1808
The mines of Gualgayoc, dis-
covered in 1771, yielded up to
1773 nearly 170,000 marcs of
silver per annum - - - -
From 1774 till 1802, for the
mines of Gualgayoc, Guama-
chuco and Couchucos - - -
Add fo1'1803 - - - - - -
I estimate the produce of the
mines of Huantajaya, Porco,
and other less considerable
Peruvian mines, from the 16th
century till 1803, at 150,000
or 2__00,000imar,cs of silverper
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CHAP..Xl.] KINGDOM OF NEW SPAIN. 4-17

Piastres. t

Brought over 4.-80,000,000 From 1756 to 1808, reckoning

only an annual produce‘ of
82,000 marcs - - - - - 204,554,000

Registered gold of the Portu- . guese Colonies, from the dis- 634,,54,4.,()()() covery of Brazil till 1803

II. Gold and Silver not registered, extracted from the mines of the New Continent, from 14192 to 1803.

A. SPANISH COLONIES.

I reckon for New Spain, where the furtive extraction was very considerable till the middle of the eighteenth century, a.

‘seventh - -. -. - - - - 260,000,000

For Potosi, the fourth of the pi

' total produce, on account of i '

the enormous contraband at

the beginning of working the

mines - - - - -0- - - 274,000,000

Pasco, Gualgayoc, and the rest
of Peru, where the silver is
carried off A on the Amazon 1

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river towards Brazil“ - - - 200,000,000 y . Carried over 734,000,000 voL. ni. _ 11 E

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