"Colombia is wondrously rich in all kinds of minerals and at the present time gold and platinum along with emeralds are the main exports. The mining and export of silver at one time were among the lead exports, but since the fall in silver prices mining of this metal has been neglected. In spite of the vast amount of gold sent out of the country since the Spanish conquest it still remains one of the richest gold districts in the world. The metal either in quartz veins or in alluviums is found scattered in almost every corner of the Republic. Lead exports of colombia include nickel, gold, silver, platinum, and emeralds."