A History of the British Presence in Chile: From Bloody Mary to Charles Darwin and the Decline of British Influence

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This book sets out to narrate the contributions to and influence on the history of Chile that British visitors and immigrants have had, not as bystanders but as key players, starting in 1554 with the English Queen 'Bloody Mary' becoming Queen of Chile, and ending with the decline of British influence following the Second World War.

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My interest in this subject began when I lived in Chile for six years, and gave talks and wrote articles on certain stories that fascinated me at that time, including the British involvement in mining (especially nitrate and coal), in building railways, and the key Battle of Coronel at the outbreak of the First World War. I also made a promise to myself that one day I would tackle the immense story of the British presence in the history of the entire country. This is the book, and it is unique. The last attempt to write a comprehensive history of the British presence in Chile was an idiosyncratic book published in 1900.
   Here are some of the topics covered. Charles Darwin spent seventeen very formative months in Chile. The bi-centenary of his birth (and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species) was celebrated in 2009. British sailors and soldiers were instrumental in winning Chile's War of Independence from Spain. The bi-centenary of the Declaration of Independence was celebrated in Chile in 2010. The Battle of Coronel will be remembered in 2014 - this was an unexpected defeat of the British navy and a key watershed in the war, and in British naval history.
   There is increasing interest in visiting Chile; some 60,000 visitors a year from the UK alone. One focus is on visiting Patagonia, and the often bizarre stories connecting British pirates, sheep-farmers, and missionaries to this region are all told in my book. There are literally tens of thousands of descendants of British immigrants living today in Chile. One source estimates this number at 350,000 to 400,000 descendants.
   While bookshops in Chile have histories of the Germans, the Swiss, even the Yugoslavs, who settled in Chile, this is the first book to tell the story of the most important foreign group to impact on the country--the British--at every twist and turn of Chile's history since an English queen was Queen of Chile, and not as bystanders but as full participants.

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