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A History of the British Presence in Chile: From Bloody Mary to Charles Darwin and the Decline of British Influence
A History of the British Presence in Chile: From Bloody Mary to Charles Darwin and the Decline of British Influence
by William Edmundson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £72.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars The book is worth reading., 7 April 2010
Great!!! An excellent piece of history of the Chilean and British people! The author describes the influence of British in Chile in a way that the reader feels an invisible link between two different countries that share so many deep roots between them. Starting in 1554 with 'Bloody Mary' becoming Queen of Chile, the author gives so many details of many interesting facts of how the British influenced Chilean development, culture, commerce, education and so on, narrating stories about pirates, Charles Darwin, explaining why so many places have British names such as FitzRoy, Beagle, and telling the story of the `Nitrate King', and the participation of Britain in the War of Independence. Any reader can be delighted with this reading, because it is so easygoing, involving the reader, even if he/she doesn't have a very good level of English the message can be understood. The author's style makes the reader navigate in the past until the current days. It is very useful not only for Chilean or British students of history, but for any person. Besides this, it gives an overview of where people can research more about other details of interest. I'm not Chilean nor British, nor a historian, I'm Brazilian! And I really recommend this reading. Verônica Silveira.


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