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Taxco, Mexico

Founded by the Aztecs as Tlacho, "the place of the ball game." Later, Taxco was incorporated in 1532. The books in the Court of Letters, Taxco's first-known public registry, go back to 1529. In 1542 the Mayor, Don Luis de Castilla, was the first Spaniard to make his fortune from the mines of Taxco.

Two hundred years later, French prospector Joseph de la Borda discovered a rich silver deposit. Taxco is now the world's capital of silver, with over 200 shops and dozens of renowned silver jewelers. Silver is still the most important aspect of Taxco's economy.


A Visit to TlacotalpanNew
A hot and humid visit to Tlacotalpan, with the sun so bright that the rainbow colors of the homes sparkled as though competing for your attention.

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Where Tourism and Silver Meet
See photos from our travels to Taxco, Mexico, including: Casa Humboldt, Santa Prisca, the William Spratling Museum, and its many picturesque streets.

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Vintage Mexican Milagros on La Mariposa Gallery
Learn about what milagros represent, and from where our collection is compiled.

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