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Silver City

The little valley with its spring and marsh that was to become the site of Silver City long had been an Apache camping site, and the early Spanish miners, in negotiating with the Apaches to mine copper at nearby Santa Rita, wisely agreed not to settle in the Apaches’ valley, which the Spaniards called La Cienega de San Vicente (Saint Vincent, most celebrated of the Spanish martyrs, died at Valencia in 304).

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