April 22, 2017

View of Valparaiso, Chile, 1859

Chile had signed treaties with the British empire to assist them in the suppression of the slave trade. Valparaiso is also known for having the continent’s first volunteer fire department which must have come in handy when a portion of the city was set ablaze in 1859. Valparaiso would later be nicknamed the “Jewel of the Pacific.”
The Illustrated London News, 22 January 1859. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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