"The Hope of the Indian": Mining Agriculture and Indigenismo in Peru's Central Highlands.

Powell, Stephanie M.


  • This study traces the development of mining in the central highlands of Peru and its intersection with literary, social, and political movements. Silver mining contributed greatly to Peru's economic growth during the colonial period and throughout the nineteenth century, and indigenous peasants provided the majority of seasonal labor to the mines. Peru's defeat in the War of the Pacific resulted i... read more
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