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A (Probably) Mad King's Lasting Legacy in Patagonia

May 01, 2018

This article is adapted from Americas Quarterly's print issue on Venezuela after Maduro.

On a hillside in Southern France lies a lichen-speckled tombstone commemorating a distant and ephemeral realm, and the man who almost made it last: “Here Lies De Tounens, Antoine Orélie, First King of Araucanía and Patagonia.”

For a brief period in the 1860s, Tounens — a lawyer turned adventurer from the nearby town of Tourtoirac — united Mapuche tribes...

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