Bombardment of Pisagua in 1879. Letter by British Vice Consul

The following letter about the Bombardment of Pisagua in 1879 has been sent by Patricia Jeffery an Anglo Chilean Society member. Patricia’s husband Francis was the great grandson of Robert Jeffery, the British Vice Consul, who wrote his experiences during the Bombardment.

The Jeffery family settled in Pisagua, Peru in 1875. This town and the region of Tarapacá became part of Chile in 1884 after the Chilean victory over Peru and Bolivia in the War of the Pacific (1879-1883). This war was fought over the rich nitrate deposits in the area.

A big thank to Patricia for sharing this piece of information and history.

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