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Bartolomé de Medina

Bartolomé de Medina was a successful Spanish merchant who became fascinated with the problem of decreasing silver yields from ores mined in Spanish America. By the mid-sixteenth century, it was well known in Spain that American silver production was in decline due to the depletion of high-grade ores and increasing production costs. The New Laws, prohibiting the enslavement of Indians, had resulted…

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Beaty C.M., Ross J.

Inducted to the Silver Hall of Fame in 2017 Mr. Beaty founded Pan American Silver and currently (2017) serves as Chairman of the Board. He is also a member of the Finance Committee. Mr. Beaty has more than 43 years of experience in the international minerals industry, and has founded a number of public resource companies. He also currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Alterra Power Corp., a…

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Bonanza Kings

John Mackay, James Fair, James Flood, William O'Brien In 1871, Irish-Americans John William Mackay, James Graham Fair, James Clair Flood and William S. O'Brien, organized the Consolidated Virginia Silver Mine near Virginia City, Nevada, from a number of smaller claims on the Comstock Lode and later added the nearby California mine. Mackay and Fair had the mining knowledge and Flood and O'Brien raised…

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