Braden Copper Mines, Sewell, Chile


This photograph from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress shows the Braden Copper Mines in the town of Sewell, located on the slopes of the Andes Mountains in Cachapoal Province, Chile. Frank G. Carpenter (1855–1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography, whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890–1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. The U.S.-owned Braden Copper Company was founded in 1904 by Barton Sewell and William Braden. In 1905 the company purchased El Teniente (The lieutenant) mine, a large underground copper mine located near Sewell. In 2006 Sewell, Chile was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historic role in the copper industry.

Last updated: May 29, 2013