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The Great Rio Tinto Mine

The first explorers sailed carefully through the Gates of Hercules (Gibraltar and Dschebel Musa) and a little beyond. What did they find in that New World? No one they knew had ever been there before but it was reputed to … Continue reading

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The Sailors’ God

There is a natural gate at the end of the Mediterranean, a place where it nearly closes. Spain and Africa almost touch. On each side stands a promontory or tall cliff: the Rock of Gibraltar on the Spanish side and … Continue reading

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Spain As Eldorado

The first explorers, the ancient Phoenicians, found to their surprise that there was a lively commerce already going on in southern Spain. Around the modern Seville and the river Betis, now called the Guadalquivir, barges came and went upriver, where … Continue reading

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