When Chile’s Indigenous Made the Spanish Back Down

By Jacob Sauer

Behind today’s conflict in southern Chile is a long history of resistance to outsiders, a historian writes.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on supply chains Today’s unrest in southern Chile, where Indigenous groups are protesting environmental damage and calling for the return of ancestral lands, has presented a major challenge to the new government of Gabriel Boric. Following numerous incidents of violence, including killings, roadblocks and the burning of homes, trucks and machinery, Boric in May declared a state of emergency to try to restore calm. Some outside observers may be hearing about Indigenous issues in Chile’s south for the first time. But in truth,...

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