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Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin
AmericaRace, Nation, and Community During the Liberal Period$
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Nicola Foote and Rene D. Harder Horst

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034874

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034874.001.0001

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Embattled Identities in Postcolonial Chile

Embattled Identities in Postcolonial Chile

Race, Region, and Nation during the War of the Pacific, 1879–1884

(p.243) 11 Embattled Identities in Postcolonial Chile
Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Joanna Crow

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the participation of Araucanía and the indigenous Mapuche people in the War of the Pacific, a bloody conflict fought between Chile and its northern neighbors Peru and Bolivia in the late nineteenth century (1879–84). The conflict was probably the most significant “national” experience for Chile since independence (1810–18). The story of Araucanía is fascinating in this regard because in 1879 the region was not yet fully incorporated into the Chilean state; much of it was still independent Mapuche territory. This state of affairs was to change, however, during the War of the Pacific.

Keywords:   postcolonial Chile, War of the Pacific, Araucanía, Mapuche, national identity, race

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