Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Potosi, the chief town of the department of Potosi, Bolivia, is situated on a bleak plateau. 13,250 feet above sea-level, under the peak of Cerro de Potosi, and near the sources of the Pilcomayo. Silver was first discovered here in 1545, and the town was founded soon after. The province of Potosi has an area of over 30,000 square miles, but is mountainous and barren.