A History of the British Presence in Chile: From Bloody Mary by William Edmundson

By William Edmundson

Chileans are usually known as the ‘English of South America’. This publication narrates the great impression that British viewers and immigrants have had at the historical past of Chile, beginning in 1554 with ‘Bloody Mary’ changing into Queen of Chile. this is often an educated, finished, and balanced account that comes with unique study, and may attract scholars of Latin American background, the final reader, and tourists to Chile. Edmundson tells numerous tales, together with Charles Darwin’s seventeen months in Chile, the British stamp at the heritage of Patagonia, the tale of the ‘Nitrate King’, and British participation within the battle of Independence.

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The remarkably low incidence of scurvy on his ships is better ascribed to Cook’s excellent leadership and his insistence on eating fresh vegetables at every opportunity. He noted in his journal that in Tierra del Fuego “very good celery is to be met on several of the low islets” (Voyages, vol. 4, 171). Cook also found “scurvy grass” in damp places in the Magellan Strait, and used this as a cure. The second voyage was notable too because Cook took a chronometer with him to test: the Kendall K-1, a copy of Harrison’s famous H-4 of 1760.

1057/9780230101210 - A History of the British Presence in Chile, William Edmundson Chapter 2 Explorers by Sea The inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego have . . been spoken of as if they were beings possessed of little more than animal instinct, and incapable of being instructed. This may, perhaps, be the case; arising however, out of the peculiar situation in which they are placed. Give them intercourse with foreigners and they will improve in understanding; for I have found them to be not only tractable and inoffensive, but also, in many of their employments, active and ingenious.

FitzRoy wrote to the Admiralty on September 12, 1830, “I have maintained them entirely at my own expense, and hold myself responsible for their comfort while away from, and their safe return to their own country” (1838, 4). The Beagle arrived back in Plymouth in October 1830. Robert FitzRoy misjudged or mishandled the situation, and there was little interest initially in his mission project. Tragically, one of the Fuegians, Boat Memory, died in England of smallpox. The others were sent to be educated by Rev.

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