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Palgrave Macmillan

A History of the British Presence in Chile

From Bloody Mary to Charles Darwin and the Decline of British Influence

ISBN 9780230101210
Publication Date October 2009
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Chileans are often called the 'English of South America'. This book narrates the tremendous influence that British visitors and immigrants have had on the history of Chile, starting in 1554 with 'Bloody Mary' becoming Queen of Chile. This is an informed, comprehensive, and balanced account that includes original research, and will appeal to students of Latin American history, the general reader, and travelers to Chile. Edmundson tells several stories, including Charles Darwin's seventeen months in Chile, the British stamp on the history of Patagonia, the story of the 'Nitrate King', and British participation in the War of Independence.

William Edmundson is Consultant at Recife, Brazil, an organization sponsored by the British Council& the British Embassy. Previously, Edmundson was the Director of the British Council in Cuba.

Introduction: A Mysterious Sympathy * Pirates, Buccaneers, Privateers, Corsairs,& Circumnavigators * Explorers by Sea * British Naturalists in Chile * Chile's Wars * Visitors and Explorers on Land * British Artists in Chile * British communities in Chile * Commerce and Industry * Mining * Banking * Railways * Education * Religion * Sports * The Battle of Coronel * The decline of British influence * The imprint that remains: Family Names& Geography


"I congratulate William Edmundson on bringing this important, but largely forgotten, part of Chilean history to the general public." - Victor C. Hawkins, Chairman, British Commonwealth Society, Chile"As the modern-day visitor can readily confirm, Chilean attitudes toward Britain are warm and admiring. William Edmundson's book is a well-documented account of how those ties were formed, starting even before the war of independence was won. He has researched extensively the motives - industrial, commercial, and scientific, among others - that brought adventurous and enterprising Britons to Chile, many adopting the country as their new homeland. This is an intriguing, informative book, relevant to the times, and worthy of inclusion in any Foreign Studies curriculum." - Duncan Campbell, Site Administrator, The British Presence in Southern Patagonia
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