Juan Godoy

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Juan Godoy
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Statue of Juan Godoy in Copiapó
Born Juan Godoy
1801
Near Copiapó, Chile
Died 1842 (aged 41–42)
Copiapó, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Known for Discovered the silver ore of Chañarcillo

Juan Godoy was a Chilean prospector and woodcutter who in 1832 discovered an outcrop (reventón) of silver 50 km south of Copiapó in Chañarcillo.[1] This event sparkled the Chilean silver rush.[1] He successfully claimed the discovered outcrop in his name and the name of José Godoy and Manuel Gallo.[1] The finding attracted thousands of people to the place and generated significant wealth.[2]

The mineral juangodoyite (Na2Cu(CO3)2) was named after him in 2005.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Villalobos, Sergio; Silva, Osvaldo; Silva Fernando and Estelle, Patricio. Historia de Chile. Editorial Universitaria 1995. First Edition: 1974. p. 469-472.
  2. ^ Los ciclos mineros del cobre y la plata. Memoria Chilena.
  3. ^ Reconocimiento a los personajes de la geología de Chile a través de la mineralogía