By William Edmundson
Chileans are frequently known as the ‘English of South America’. This e-book narrates the great effect that British viewers and immigrants have had at the background of Chile, beginning in 1554 with ‘Bloody Mary’ changing into Queen of Chile. this can be an educated, complete, and balanced account that comes with unique study, and should attract scholars of Latin American background, the overall 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 warfare of Independence.
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1057/9780230101210 - A History of the British Presence in Chile, William Edmundson 20 A History of the British Presence in Chile later and, under the astonished eyes of the faithful, took the image of Saint Joseph, saying by way of excuse that the Virgin Mary could not continue living without her husband and missed him terribly. Charles Darwin heard the same story from Joaquín Edwards, which he retold in his Beagle journal: [Joaquín] told me he recollected being at school in Coquimbo, when a holiday was given to all the boys to see the Captain of an English Ship, who came on some business from the Port to the city.
Strictly speaking, these were privateers who acted with at least the informal understanding of the Chilean patriot forces that any attack on Spanish interests was to be welcomed. In 1817, Captain Mackay led a party of six unemployed English sailors on a sortie against Spanish shipping in a launch called La Fortuna. Their motives were probably more piratical than altruistic. They left Valparaíso and captured two Spanish ships, the Minerva off Arica, and then the Spanish brig Santa María, which had dispatches from the Spanish authorities in Peru to the royalists in Chile.
Jemmy Button (fourteen), originally Orundellico, was exchanged for “a large shining mother-of-pearl button” (Parker King 1838, 444). FitzRoy wrote later, “Whether [the relatives] intended that he should remain with us permanently, I do not know, but they seemed contented with the singular bargain, and paddled again towards the cove from which they had approached my boat” (1838, 6). ” Communication was naturally very difficult, but FitzRoy learned that when food was short they smoked the eldest women to death and then, if the result was sufficiently tender, would eat them.
A History of the British Presence in Chile: From Bloody Mary to Charles Darwin and the Decline of British Influence by William Edmundson