"for the South American mines man"

The Chino copper mine in New Mexico
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe Chino copper mine in New Mexico - Credit: Marshman
South America has been mined for gold, silver, copper, turquoise and other precious stones since 700 AD. In colonial times, when much of the continent was owned by Spain, fleets of ships made regular journeys to Europe laden with bounty from the southern hemisphere and many settlers, attracted by gold, bought land there – some were more successful than others. Mining is still prevalent in South America – Chile hit the headlines in 2010 when 33 miners became trapped underground for 69 days after a collapse in a copper-gold mine. Contemporary mining statistics for South America can be viewed here.