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

Paperback | September 15, 2011

byWilliam Edmundson

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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.

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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 appe...

William (Eddie) Edmundson works as a consultant and writer in Recife, Brazil, following a career in teacher training and management with the British Council that has taken him to Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and his most recent appointment as British Council Director in Cuba. Fluent in Spanish (and Portuguese), he started research...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.03 × 5.61 × 0.7 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230114830

ISBN - 13:9780230114838

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Table of Contents

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

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“[Edmundson] has written such an excellent book which ought to appeal to anyone with an interest in Chile. Well-researched and concise, it is an appetite-warming guide for further reading and should be recommended to newcomers planning to spend much time in the country.”--Chilean News (the Bulletin of the Anglo-Chilean Society in London), Year 66, No. 376, 10-11, April 2010“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"This book provides a lot of useful reference material for anyone with Chilean ancestors or whose ancestors pursued careers there." --Jessie Denholm, The Scottish GenealogistFor an interview with the author in Chile's Santiago Times:http://www.santiagotimes.cl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17648:britains-special-connection-with-chile-a-mysterious-sympathy&catid=32:features&Itemid=144