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Located along the west coast of South America, Chile is often referred to as the “long and friendly land.” Although it stretches a lengthy 2,625 miles from north to south, Chile is a mere 312 miles across at its widest point.
Topographically, Chile can be divided into three distinct sections, each with a unique climate. Atacama, the driest desert in the world, lies to the north. In the center of Chile, there is a beautiful lake district plus the largest open-pit copper mine in the world. The south of Chile is the most rugged, filled with glaciers, fjords, and unexplored islands. This diverse terrain is connected by the longest coastline in the world. Cape Horn, at Chile’s southernmost tip, is an infamous sailors’ landmark. Sailors believe that only those who have earned the right are allowed to pass Cape Horn safely.
Another interesting characteristic of the geography of Chile is the large number of volcanoes found in the area. More than 75% of the world’s active volcanoes lie within the “ring of fire,” a zone running from Chile, north to Alaska, and down the east coast of Asia from Siberia to New Zealand.
Long before Ferdinand Magellan first spotted Chile in 1520, native Indian tribes lived in the South American country. The Atacama, Diaguita, and other small groups lived in the desert region, while the Araucanians inhabited the central valley. The Ona and the Yahgan lived in the southern region. In the late 1400s, the Inca of Peru conquered these Indian groups.
After defeating the Inca of Peru in 1533, Spanish explorers traveled to the west, and on February 12, 1541, founded Santiago, Chile. Chile remained in Spanish hands until 1818, when Bernardo O’Higgins and Argentine General José de San Martín defeated a Spanish army at Chacabuco.