Chile: History

  1. 1810

    Chile proclaims full autonomy after Napoleon overthrows the king of Spain. This sparks the Chilean War of Independence which concluded in 1818 with Chile becoming an independent nation.

  2. 1879-1884

    Chile gains mineral rich pacific coastline territory after it defeats Peru and Bolivia in the War of the Pacific. Taxes on the newly aquired land becomes a significant revenue source for the government. 

  3. Late 1800s

    Large scale mining of nitrate and copper begins, boosting the economy.

  4. 2006

    Chile and China sign a free-trade agreement, Beijing's first in South America.


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