By W. Edmundson
This ebook units out to relate the contributions to and impression at the historical past of Chile that British viewers and immigrants have had, no longer as bystanders yet as key avid gamers, beginning in 1554 with the English Queen 'Bloody Mary' turning into Queen of Chile, and finishing with the decline of British impression following the second one global battle.
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So, when Captain George Vancouver was commissioned to explore and show the flag in the Pacific in the new HMS Discovery, he was also accompanied by the armed tender HMS Chatham. Vancouver had sailed with James Cook in the Resolution on the second voyage, as a boy of thirteen, and as a midshipman in the third voyage on the Discovery. Vancouver’s ships left England in April 1791 on what turned out to be a five-year voyage of exploration that focused on the Pacific, but they also completed yet another circumnavigation of the globe.
Darwin’s first meeting with the indigenous people was in the Bay of Good Success, and sadly, he was not impressed: “Their language does not deserve to be called articulate: Capt. Cook says it is like a man clearing his throat; to which may be added another very hoarse man trying to shout & a third encouraging a horse with that peculiar noise which is made in one side of the mouth. Imagine these sounds & a few gutturals mingled with them, & there will be as near an approximation to their language as any European may expect to obtain.
Notwithstanding Darwin’s poor opinion of the natives of Tierra del Fuego, he still believed that the distance between uncivilized and civilized man could be crossed; he had seen firsthand the difference that FitzRoy’s experiment in culturalization had made to the Fuegians taken to England. Janet Browne (1995) argues that Darwin’s observations of what civilized and uncivilized peoples had in common, and where they differed, was critical to his later conviction that humans were part of the natural landscape and that there was an evolutionary bridge between the two worlds.
A History of the British Presence in Chile: From Bloody Mary to Charles Darwin and the Decline of British Influence by W. Edmundson