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History of Famatina
The name evokes old viceregal splendors and dreams of immense wealth and hopes of a new Potosi that, in rigor, they correspond to the mountain, more than to the small village that shows it.

This is a gentle urban nucleus that years ago was detained in the time. It has some large houses next to the square and an enormous unconcluded church, call San Pedro of Famatina.

Their current attractiveness resides in the pleasant one I half-close semirrural, where they are prolonged neighborhoods of modest houses, with cultivations of vineyards and fruit-bearing that, being introduced in the colonial time, today they represent the base of an economy of subsistence.

Originally, the place was inhabited by Indian famatinas, one of the towns more important diaguitas, dedicated to exploit the mines of gold and silver in the mountain skirts.

In 1591, the governor of Tucumán, Juan Ramírez of Velasco, was awarded this it commends. The manpower of the native ones was used by the son of Ramírez of Velasco to build the temple of Sacred Domingo from The Rioja.

In 1607, Gaspar Doncel sent to the natives to trace Saint John the Baptist of the Rivera (London), to begin cultivations and to open canals.

These participated actively in the wars calchaquíes, as allies of their neighboring capayanes and guandacoles.

For their bravery they were difficultly reduced and almost extinguished. The Hispanic poblamiento restarted toward 1670, with earth graces.

The fabulous mining wealth of the Famatina attracted numerous population and it generated a prosperous economy in the area whose center was Chili.

In San Pedro's church an old Christ altoperuano stays with leather articulations in neck and shoulders.

It is believed that this example of the American Baroque art was taken to Famatina between 1850 and 1865.

After the peak, at the beginning of the present century, the exploitation was practically paralyzed, without having used more than rudimentary technology.
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