Busy market in Taxco, Mexico

Shoppers peruse stalls in a market. White sheets protect the outdoor market from the glare of the sun. The products for sale include handmade goods such as pottery and jewelry.Taxco is a town south of Mexico City, in the state of Guerrero, known for its silver mines and silversmiths. Taxco was famous for its rich silver mines since before the arrival of the Spanish. During the colonial period, Taxco was one of the most profitable areas under Spain's control. After independence, silver mining declined, but Taxco emerged as a focus point for the artwork of silversmiths. Today, the town is a popular tourist destination both for its colonial architecture and high-winding streets, as well as its high-quality silver artwork.

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