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Contacts, Collisions and RelationshipsBritons and Chileans in the Independence era, 1806-1831$
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Andrés Baeza Ruz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941725

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941725.001.0001

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Invasions, Negotiations and Conspiracies

Invasions, Negotiations and Conspiracies

British-Chilean Relations in an Era of Change, 1806–1817

(p.26) Chapter 1 Invasions, Negotiations and Conspiracies
Contacts, Collisions and Relationships

Andrés Baeza Ruz

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses the relations between Great Britain and Chile between 1806 and 1814. In this period, Chile was not yet an independent state, but still a Spanish colony. ‘Chileans’ were still subjects of the king of Spain, and this was the most significant factor that shaped their first attitudes and reactions towards Britain during these years. This period was characterized by quick political and geopolitical developments. The process of the Napoleonic wars in Europe brought about significant changes for the relationship between Chile and Great Britain. If in a first moment Spain and France were allies against Britain, the overthrow of King Ferdinand VII by Napoleon in May 1808 reconfigured relations between Spain and Britain, making the two powers staunch allies against the French threat. All this influenced the way Chileans thought about both Britain’s place in the world and their own identity.

Keywords:   Robert Craufurd, Invasions, Neutrality, Napoleonic Wars, Militia, Defence, Diplomacy, Luis Muñoz de Guzmán, Francisco García Carrasco

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