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Who first mined gold in the Andes Mountains?

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Who first mined gold in the Andes Mountains?

A Centuries-Old Economic Staple:

Mining has played an important role in the economy of countries surrounding the Andes, especially Chile and Peru.

Answer and Explanation:

Mining in the Andes began its boom in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, with most of it occurring after the Spanish conquest of South America, which is when mining operations really began to expand for large scale production. Though the Europeans were credited with the larger mining operations, the Andean Amerindians were some of the first people to extract and use gold in the Andes Mountains.


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