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

By W. Edmundson

This publication units out to relate the contributions to and effect at the historical past of Chile that British viewers and immigrants have had, now not as bystanders yet as key gamers, beginning in 1554 with the English Queen 'Bloody Mary' changing into Queen of Chile, and finishing with the decline of British impression following the second one global struggle.

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A naval vessel called the Yelcho (built in Greenock, Scotland) was provided by the Chilean authorities, at no cost, to tow the Emma part of the journey south. Frustratingly, the Emma was unable to continue on account of the ice that they met about a hundred miles from Elephant Island. They pulled back to Port Stanley, and Shackleton cabled the British Association in Punta Arenas to request a tug. The British community contacted the Chilean authorities, and the Yelcho was obligingly sent to Port Stanley to bring the Emma back to Punta Arenas.

Nevertheless, it all began in April 1680 when a contingent of 331 buccaneers, led by Captain Peter Harris, landed on the Isthmus of Panama. This group included Bartholomew Sharpe and William Dampier—names that became well known in Chile. They divided into five companies, led by Sharpe, Richard Sawkins, Peter Harris, John Coxon, and John Cook. After several skirmishes with the Spanish, and desertions, two ships remained in the Pacific, the Trinity, commanded by Sharpe, and John Coxon in charge of the Mayflower.

The voyage ended as a full circumnavigation and lasted fifty-seven months, from December 1831 to October 1836, forty-two of them spent off South America, including around seventeen months in Tierra del Fuego and on the west coast of modern-day Chile. The main objective of the Admiralty in this voyage was to arrive at a thorough geographical and hydrographical survey of Tierra del Fuego and the southern coasts of South America, with the subsidiary aim of plotting the course of a complete circumnavigation by marine chronometers—twenty-two in all.

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