What was the Bombardment of Valparaiso (1866)?

Introduction The Bombardment of Valparaíso on 31 March 1866 took place during the Chincha Islands War (1865 to 1866), when a Spanish fleet shelled, burned and destroyed the undefended port of Valparaíso. Background After the humiliating defeat at the Battle of Papudo (1865) and the indecisive Battle of Abtao (1866), Rear Admiral Casto Méndez Núñez… Read More

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What was the Chincha Islands War (1865-1866)?

Introduction The Chincha Islands War, also known as Spanish-South American War (Spanish: Guerra hispano-sudamericana), was a series of coastal and naval battles between Spain and its former colonies of Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and Bolivia from 1865 to 1866. The conflict began with Spain’s seizure of the guano-rich Chincha Islands in one of a series of… Read More

What was the Battle of Papudo (1865)?

Introduction The Naval Battle of Papudo was a naval engagement fought between Spanish and Chilean forces on 26 November 1865, during the Chincha Islands War (1865 to 1866). It was fought 55 miles north of Valparaiso, Chile, near the coastal town of Papudo. Background Until November 1865, Chile had been the only country firm in… Read More