By William Edmundson
Chileans are usually known as the ‘English of South America’. This publication narrates the great impact that British viewers and immigrants have had at the heritage of Chile, beginning in 1554 with ‘Bloody Mary’ changing into Queen of Chile. this is often an educated, finished, and balanced account that incorporates unique study, and may entice scholars of Latin American historical past, the final reader, and tourists to Chile. Edmundson tells a number of tales, together with Charles Darwin’s seventeen months in Chile, the British stamp at the background of Patagonia, the tale of the ‘Nitrate King’, and British participation within the struggle of Independence.
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Extra resources for A History of the British Presence in Chile: From Bloody Mary to Charles Darwin and the Decline of British Influence
The crew opposed this decision, mutinied, and put Sharpe in irons, electing John Watling as the new leader. Leaving quickly from the islands on sighting Spanish warships, they left behind an Indian called William—the first of the “Robinson Crusoes” on these Chilean islands. The Trinity turned north and engaged Arica in a second attack in January 1681, which was also beaten off by the Spanish. Watling was killed in the attempt on this strongly defended town, and Sharpe was reinstated as commander.
Shackleton left Liverpool in September 1914 to join the Endurance in Buenos Aires, just as the First World War was breaking out. They journeyed south, and the Endurance got caught in pack ice in December 1914. The group drifted until their ship was finally crushed by the ice and abandoned in October 1915. They continued their drift on the ice until taking to the ship’s boats in April 1916, and they arrived at Elephant Island. From Elephant Island six men sailed in an open boat to arrive on South Georgia Island on May 10, 1916.
The Spanish had disengaged, leaving a vacuum, and perhaps the British could establish a strong presence in the area. FitzRoy once again assumed command of the Beagle; the only ship to carry out the renewed surveying work on this voyage. Charles Darwin accompanied this second survey. The voyage ended as a full circumnavigation and lasted fifty-seven months, from December 1831 to October 1836, forty-two of them spent off South America, including around seventeen months in Tierra del Fuego and on the west coast of modern-day Chile.