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South America

The rise and fall of José Luis Bustamante’s left-wing presidency.

Marching through the Atacama during the War of the Pacific, one Chilean general opined that his troops had fought ‘more against the desert than against men’. For those soldiers, the desert became a hell on earth.

Like a herald of lost Atlantis, Gregor MacGregor arrived in 19th-century London with news of a Central American utopia. Unfortunately, Poyais didn’t exist and its would-be emigrants found only a ‘sinister coast of disillusion’.

If Bolivia is so rich, why is it so poor? 

The coverage of a disaster in Chile revealed religious divisions among the world’s press.

Ralegh's fateful attempt to discover El Dorado began on March 17th, 1617.

A major conflict in the Chilean War of Independence was fought on 12 February 1817.

The teeming metropolis was once an undeveloped natural bay which became the site of a battle between Portugal and France for control of the New World.

Cyril Hamshere describes how the British community in Argentina came to be, at one point, the largest outside the Empire.

In certain parts of Spanish America today O’Higgins is a name still remembered and honoured to an extent that would surprise the great majority of Irishmen who have never heard of the once famous Viceroy of Peru or of his son, the founder of Chilean independence.