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The strange case of the earliest silver extraction by European colonists in the New World.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17360699     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
La Isabela, the first European town in the New World, was established in 1494 by the second expedition of Christopher Columbus but was abandoned by 1498. The main motive for settlement was to find and exploit deposits of precious metals. Archaeological evidence of silver extraction at La Isabela seemed to indicate that the expedition had located and tested deposits of silver-bearing lead ore in the Caribbean. Lead isotope analysis refutes this hypothesis but provides new evidence of the desperation of the inhabitants of La Isabela just before its abandonment.
Authors:
A M Thibodeau; D J Killick; J Ruiz; J T Chesley; K Deagan; J M Cruxent; W Lyman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2007-02-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America     Volume:  104     ISSN:  0027-8424     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-15     Completed Date:  2007-06-13     Revised Date:  2008-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505876     Medline TA:  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3663-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA. amthibod@email.arizona.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Archaeology
History, 15th Century
Humans
Lead / analysis*
Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
Mining / history*
Silver*
Sulfides / analysis*
West Indies
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Sulfides; 1314-87-0/lead sulfide; 7439-92-1/Lead; 7440-22-4/Silver

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