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Bernardo O'Higgins, one of the main players in the independence of Chile, has tributes all over the country. There are main streets named after him, a national park, town squares, and numerous monuments.
This statue in Punta Arenas is one of our favourites. It's location is particularly inspiring, with Bernardo grandly pointing across the Straits of Magellan towards Tierra Del Fuego. He was one of the instigators in encouraging the Chilean government of the time to stake its claim to the current southern end of Chile, and the strategically important Straits.
At Fuerte Bulnes, a re-creation of the fort set up in 1843 when Chile staked its claim for the Straits, Bernardo has a lighthouse named after him.
Posted by Jean Porter at March 23, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
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