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 booklet 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 can be an educated, finished, and balanced account that comes with unique examine, and may entice scholars of Latin American heritage, the final 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 heritage of Patagonia, the tale of the ‘Nitrate King’, and British participation within the warfare of Independence.

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The Admiralty ordered that Byron sail through the Magellan Strait after Anson’s difficulties rounding Cape Horn, which resulted in important surveying. 1057/9780230101210 - A History of the British Presence in Chile, William Edmundson 28 A History of the British Presence in Chile Tamar, only the Dolphin, captained by Philip Carteret, returned to England. The Tamar developed rudder problems and ended its voyage in Antigua. Byron searched for survivors of the wreck of the Wager in the Guayanecos Islands, allegedly finding children with blue eyes and fair hair.

The most famous of the clippers was the Cutty Sark, which regularly sailed to Australia from Britain in under eighty days. However, the fastest passage from Britain to Australia, rounding Cape Horn, was made by the Thermopylae in 1868–1869 in a voyage of sixty-one days, London to Melbourne. From around 1890 to the 1930s, spanning the opening of the Panama Canal, the windjammer came into being—a steel-built square-rigger with between three and five masts—which competed side by side with the steam ships.

Nevertheless, a new map of the strait resulted from the voyage. Shortly after Wallis’s return, Lieutenant James Cook embarked on what would be his first circumnavigation. He left England on HMS Endeavour in August 1768, and returned in July 1771. This voyage had a scientific objective: sponsored by the Royal Society of London, Cook was to observe the passage of the planet Venus over the sun, so as to measure the distance from the Earth to Venus. 1057/9780230101210 - A History of the British Presence in Chile, William Edmundson Explorers by Sea 29 phenomenon that could only be observed from one of the islands in the southern Pacific—and the island chosen was Otaheite.

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