Introduction United States intervention in Chilean politics started during the War of Chilean Independence (1812-1826). The influence of the United States of America in both the economic and the political arenas of Chile has since gradually increased over the last two centuries, and continues to be significant. Chilean Independence The arrival of Joel Roberts Poinsett,… Read More
An Overview of the Armed Resistance in Chile (1973-1990)
Introduction Following the 1973 Chilean coup d’état, an armed leftist resistance movement against Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship developed until 1990 when democracy was restored. This conflict was part of the South American theatre in the Cold War, with the United States backing the Chilean military and the Soviet Union backing the guerrillas. The main armed resistance… Read More
What was the Chilean Coup D’Etat (1973)?
Introduction The 1973 Chilean coup d’état was a military coup in Chile that deposed the Popular Unity government of President Salvador Allende. On 11 September 1973, after an extended period of social unrest and political tension between the opposition-controlled Congress and the socialist President, as well as economic war ordered by US President Richard Nixon,… Read More
What is the Day of the Young Combatant (Chile)?
Introduction Day of the Young Combatant (Spanish: Día del joven combatiente) is a non-official commemoration day, celebrated each 29 March in Chile. Its main purpose is remembering the assassination of brothers Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo, which occurred on 29 March 1985 during the military dictatorship in Chile. The brothers were reportedly militants of a… Read More
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