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Potos is a city, the capital of the department of Potos in Bolivia. It is claimed to be the highest city in the world. It lies beneath the Cerro de Potos sometimes referred to as the Cerro Rico ("rich mountain") a mountain of silver ore, which has always dominated the city. Cerro de Potos's peak is 4,824 meters above sea level.

Founded in 1546 as a mining town, it soon produced fabulous wealth, becoming one of the largest cities in the Americas and the world with a population exceeding 200,000 people.


In Spanish there is still a saying, valer un potos, "to be worth a potos" (that is, "a fortune"). For Europeans, Peru Bolivia was part of the Viceroyalty of Per and was known as Alto Per before becoming independent was a mythical land of riches. Potos appears as an idiom for "extraordinary richness" in Miguel de Cervantes' famous novel satirizing chivalry, Don Quixote (second part, cap. LXXI). One theory holds that the mint mark of Potos (the letters "PTSI" superimposed on one another) is the origin of the dollar sign.

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