Meanwhile, while everyone was beating everyone else up, and saying “My God is more powerful than your God”, the traders quietly slipped in. In the area now known as Parys Mountain, rich veins of Copper had been discovered, the excavation of which can be traced back to the Bronze Age 4000 years ago.
Technology had come a long way, until by 1764, a resurgence came about, partly due to the British Navy’s discovery that “Copper bottomed” ships were faster through the water, as the metal thwarted the build-up of barnacles and such on the hulls.
As the Copper deposits at Parys Mountain were still close the surface, the mine flourished, together with the close by “Mona” mine. After various disputes between the two mines over the exact position of their shafts, the two joined forces and copper quickly flowed from Amlwch, the nearest port. In its day, Amlwch had a population larger than New York, and a corresponding ratio of “beer houses” per head of population quickly escalated to one to every four people — the port even had its own Tobacco brand.
With this rate of expansion of the Copper trade, they had to do something to enlarge the harbour for bigger ships, eventually blasting 20,000 tons of rock out of the way to improve access - Amlwch History. (There’s some fascinating reading on the site if you get the time).
Meanwhile, the mine had its own currency — the Anglesey Halfpenny, and the Anglesey Penny — pure copper, and still out there somewhere …….
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However, all good things must come to an end, and with the eventual demise of the Copper trade, the fate of the mine, and also the port, was sealed.
We live close to the legacy of both — the Copper Mountain now some kind of “nature trail” — only marred by the “precipitation ponds” into which the original workers would put great lumps of pig iron to tease out the Copper as the water carried it away, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parys_Mountain - the only problem with that, is that the water often reaches a PH of about 2 — highly acidic — which doesn’t do your boots (or your bike) any favours.
Nice scenery though ….
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