José de San Martín

José Francisco de San Martín y Matorras was born on Febuary 25, 1778, at Yapeyú, Corrientes, in the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata — modern-day Argentina. Known simply as José de San Martín or El Libertador of Argentina, Chile and Peru, he was a Spanish-Argentine general and the prime leader of the southern and central parts of South America’s successful struggle for independence … Continue reading José de San Martín

The Real Robinson Crusoe is Rescued!

On February 2, 1709, Scottish privateer and Royal Navy officer Alexander Selkirk was rescued by Duke, a privateering ship piloted by William Dampier, and its sailing companion Duchess, after being marooned by his captain on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean. After four years and four months without human company, Selkirk was almost incoherent with joy. Selkirk had become adept at hunting and … Continue reading The Real Robinson Crusoe is Rescued!

The Battle of Maipú in the Chilean War of Independence

This morning, I wrote an article for my postcard blog about a highway in southern Chile. As it is a “random stamp day”, I thought it would be nice to stay within that country. The first pictorials to be released by the Republic of Chile (República de Chile) comprised a set of 15 bicolored stamps marking the centenary of independence in 1910. On September 18, … Continue reading The Battle of Maipú in the Chilean War of Independence

Chile #21 (1877)

Chile #21 (1877)

The Republic of Chile (República de Chile), is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y … Continue reading Chile #21 (1877)