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A book about the early presence of Basques in San Luis Potosi and their mining activity presented in Mexico



San Luis Potosí, México. Published by the Autonomous University in San Luis Potosi, the book is entitled The Rise and Decline of a Dynasty of Entrepreneurs, Navigators, and Basque Scribes on Horseback between the Old and New World: The Basurtos of Getaria by historians Roman de Basurto Larrañaga (Euskadi) and Ramon Alejandro Montoya (Mexico).  The book was presented last week in San Luis Potosi, as reported in this note from Karina Mendez in the local edition of gazette, Quadratin.

Ramón Alejandro Montoya pointed aout at the presentation that people have to discover that there are deep Basque roots in the essence of mining in San Luis Potosi, “we cannot ignore them (…) remember that many Basques from Zacatecas traveled to San Luis Potosi to work in the mining companies.”

The book has 237 pages and reconstructs the vicissitudes of a Basque family saga, the Basurtos from Getaria,” who went to the New World with friends and workers and people close to them surrounding them to make their mark over four generations covered by the book, between 1550-1650.”

-The book can be downloaded and read from here (pdf)
-Presentation of the book on the University’s website, here

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