Chile, a Geographic Extravaganza

Chile, a Geographic Extravaganza

Chile, a Geographic Extravaganza

Chile, a Geographic Extravaganza

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High up on the steep road I embraced her, her veils bunched up, and I felt for a while the immensity of her body.

--RIMBAUD

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT after the Lord God had formed out of the ground every beast of the field and every fowl of the air He brought them to Adam to see what he would call them: "and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof."

Man is inclined to identify the names of things with their existence: that which has no word to designate it practically does not exist.

We know the story of the child who asked his father the name of a star; and when the father answered that it was Sirius the child started arguing, asking how did he come to know its name.

The story is less naïve than may appear at first. Let someone point out to us a person without indicating his name or activity and we will feel disoriented. No wonder there is in social life such a thing as a debut, an introduction which, after all, is nothing more than the announcement of a name.

Chile did not have a name. Thus this task of introducing it to the reader will not be easy.

We know nothing about the language of Quaternary man, nor is it very probable that he had a name for this region. The earth consists of valleys, rivers, and mountains which do not differ very much on crossing a frontier. Names blossom on the lips when we are forced to be precise and differ-

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