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 impact at the heritage of Chile that British viewers and immigrants have had, now not 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 impact following the second one international conflict.

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18 A History of the British Presence in Chile Narborough spent a month at Port Desire then wintered from April to September 1670 at San Julián—the agreed rendezvous point— before returning to Port Desire and exploring the Magellan Strait in October and November. He stopped at what is today Isla Isabel (Elizabeth Island), near Punta Arenas, where they met with Fuegians and attempted to explain that they were looking for gold, all to no avail. Narborough left a description of their physical characteristics in his Journal (published 1694), where he described meeting Indians “of a middle stature, both Men and Women, and well limbed, and roundish Faced, and well shaped, and low Foreheaded .

Fortunately, First Lieutenant Wickham refused to assume the captain’s post and managed to persuade FitzRoy to change his mind. FitzRoy announced that there would be no more surveying of the dreaded channels of Tierra del Fuego and that after one more look along the southern coast of Chile, they would set off across the Pacific. Their remaining time in Chile was spent in the area of Chiloé Island, in Concepción and the port of Talcahuano, with more surveying along the Chilean coast until the Beagle called in at Valparaíso, Copiapó, and Iquique before setting out for the Galápagos Islands.

The surveying work on the east coast of South America and the battling with storms in Tierra del Fuego had taken their toll, but the blow that crushed him was the news from the Admiralty that awaited him. Twelve months earlier he had decided to buy a schooner called the Adventure to help with the surveying work, and the Admiralty now told him to get rid of it and to decommission the crew. They added, for good measure, that he would not be reimbursed for the costs incurred. To further add insult to injury, the Admiralty criticized FitzRoy for having spent so extravagant a time on the recent surveying work on the east coast and in Tierra del Fuego.

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