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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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Beyond Diplomacy

Beyond Diplomacy

The Cultural Significance of British Recognition of Chile’s Independence, 1817–1831

(p.185) Chapter 5 Beyond Diplomacy
Contacts, Collisions and Relationships

Andrés Baeza Ruz

Liverpool University Press

Great Britain formally recognised the Independence of Chile in 1831. This was the outcome of a long process of formal negotiations that began as early as 1813, when the first Chilean diplomatic envoys were sent to London to get support from Britain and to open up commercial relations. Such negotiations took place in a context of warfare both in Europe and Spanish America. Chileans did not initially succeed in the negotiations because Britain declared its neutrality in the conflict between Spain and its colonies and did not accept to negotiate with Chilean envoys as representatives of a state that did not exist. This chapter analyses the diplomatic negotiations between British and Chilean state actors about the recognition of Chile’s independence, focusing in the contested images and representations about Chile that circulated in the period and the role played by the United States.

Keywords:   Diplomacy, Recognition, Declaration of Independence, United States, James Monroe, George Canning, Mariano Egaña, Antonio Irisarri

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