It was made possible by a generous legacy fund grant from RioTinto
Alcan as part of their community support package following the closure of the Lynemouth smelting plant.
This book is sponsored by RioTinto
for the WA Future Fund.
Many of the workers lived near the mines in Bella Vista, the now uninhabited district of the Minas de Riotinto
area (which you can still visit with its British-style houses and grassed tennis courts) or in Huelva city.
BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company currently embroiled in a bid to gain control of rival RioTinto
Zinc, has announced its board's approval of the $450m Klipsruit project, a key asset in the company's energy coal operations in South Africa.
lifted 49p to 2689p and BHP Billiton rose 15p to 1004p.
Xstrata lifted 41p to 1742p, while BHP Billiton gained 22p to 1006p and RioTinto
added 78p to 2945p.
JUAN COBOS WILKINS is a native of Riotinto
The UK has one aluminium smelter, RioTinto
Alcan's 43,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) plant in Lochaber, following the closure of the Anglesey and Lynemouth smelters in 2009 and 2012 respectively.
You can learn about the history of the mines at the Museo Minero, a mining and railway museum in the Parque Minero de Riotinto
The mining sector continued its recovery from Friday's heavy sell-off with RioTinto
leading the way with a gain of 68p to 2262p.
5p at 598p, RioTinto
20p stronger at 1520p and Antofagasta up 12p at 1132p.
One of the major costs incurred by the smelter, 51% owned by RioTinto
and 49% by Kaiser Aluminium, is energy.