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Mappa Geographica Circuli Metalliferi Electoratus Saxoniae cum omnibus quae in eo comprehenduntur Praefecturis et Dynastiis quales sunt.  (Augsburg:  Mattaeus Seutter, 174-).  Copperplate engraving on two separate sheets, with water color wash.  Scale ca. 1:10,250,000.  Geography and Map Division.  Germany – Saxony – [174-] – no scale -- M. Seutter

A Unique View of Saxony’s Silver Mines

Posted by: Mike Klein

Who says you can’t go Baroque from mining? On the contrary, many European regions, states, and principalities owed their prosperity to mining.  Among them was the Electorate of Saxony, long a state of the former Holy Roman Empire.  Saxony’s Ore Mountains, or Erzgebirge, were particularly blessed with silver, serving as one of its main sources …