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Chile - History



Chile - History
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.66

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     challenging words:    aymara, Diaguita, infrastructure, leftist, leadership, civil, founded, resistance, resentment, military, political, society, independence, presidential, opposition, poverty
     content words:    Ferdinand Magellan, Before Valdivia, South America, Bernardo O'Higgins, Under O'Higgins, Christian Democrats, Christian Democrats‘, Salvadore Allende, Augusto Pinochet


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Chile - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Chile's geography played an important part in its early history. For thousands of years, different tribes of people lived in the land of Chile. Chile's geography holds coastal areas, wide plains, and high mountain ranges. And each area had its own population. The Araucarian lived in the south, where they fished. Aymara lived in the north, where they herded animals. Diaguita lived in the mountains in interior Chile.
 
2     Chile's tribes lived alone until Europeans arrived in the 16th century. The first European to arrive in Chile was a man from Spain named Ferdinand Magellan. He arrived in Chile in 1520. The next Spaniard to reach Chile was Pedro de Valdivia in 1540. Chile's capital city, Santiago was founded in 1541 and Valdivia was named governor of Chile.
 
3     Valdivia wanted to control Chile and the natives who already lived there. He expanded Spain's territory in Chile, but met resistance from the native Chilean tribes. When he sent Spanish forces into Chile's south, Araucarians fought back.

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