2018 History Talk – John Demos

Saturday, June 2, 2018

THE SILVER MOUNTAIN: THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY PLACE IN ALL OF COLONIAL AMERICA

by John Demos

Listen as Professor Demos describes the remarkable history of Potosi during its heyday as the world’s greatest silver mine and fulcrum of the Spanish colonial empire. Founded in what is today southern Bolivia during the mid-16th century, Potosi quickly rose to become by far the largest human community in the Western Hemisphere, a source of wealth that transformed the international economy, and, not least, the mother of all boom towns. But it was, at the same time, virtually genocidal for the indigenous population. Thus it stands, in all major respects, as an epitome of the massively consequential invasion of the New World by the Old.

John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University is an award-winning author and Tyringham resident. He is the author of numerous books, including The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America, and The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic, a 2014 National Book Award finalist and most recently Puritan Girl Mohawk Girl. His book Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England (1982) won the Bancroft Prize.

All History Talks are held at the Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham.  Suggested Donation: Members $10, Non-Members $15.

 

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