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By William Edmundson

ISBN-10: 0230618499

ISBN-13: 9780230618497

Chileans are usually referred to as the ‘English of South America’. This ebook narrates the large 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 is often an educated, accomplished, and balanced account that incorporates unique examine, 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 battle of Independence.

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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. This chronometer changed the nature of navigation by enabling longitude to be correctly and quickly calculated. Cook also took K-1 on his third and final voyage, and an account published at the time said that this watch stopped ticking when Cook was murdered in 1779.

Unfortunately, they did not get along, and Selkirk was left marooned in September 1704 on the uninhabited islands of Juan Fernández and became the model for Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. 1057/9780230101210 - A History of the British Presence in Chile, William Edmundson 22 A History of the British Presence in Chile because he feared the Cinque Ports was not seaworthy; and indeed this ship did later sink off the coast of Peru with the loss of most of the crew. In 1966, Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva renamed the two main islands of the Juan Fernández archipelago in an effort to increase tourism.

Watling was killed in the attempt on this strongly defended town, and Sharpe was reinstated as commander. This time he agreed to the general view that they should continue to prowl the Pacific coast for shipping to plunder. However, a few weeks later, a group of forty-seven men under John Cook (including William Dampier) journeyed in canoes to the Isthmus of Panama and from there returned to the Caribbean. Sharpe remained with about seventy-five men on the Trinity and stayed in the Pacific for several months longer.

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