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Chiloe: a region that went back to the Stone Age

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    Posted: 22 Jun 2014 at 14:33
Chiloe Chile was a region of the Spanish Empire of the Americas that lived around the austral forts that protected the silver trade of Peru against the entrance of English and other pirates comming from the Atlantic through the southern tip of South America.

As it happened, iron was a very expensive material to obtain in such remote latitude, so the colony used it only for the most urgent things, like repairing galleons and making weapons, but all the rest of the technology went back to the "stone age"... or more precisely, to wood. Chiloe had a long tradition of machinery and parts made exclusively of good.
So, at the same time that Baroque music was composed by the Jesuits in their churches, people were using stone anchors in fishing boats... Confused
That is, for me, a further proof that the term "stone-age" is meaningless.

Chiloe's stone anchor.


Chiloe´s boats.




Chiloe's wood church



Chiloe's houses





Chiloe's apple liquor press. Notice the wooden screws









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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote toyomotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jun 2014 at 16:39
Pinguin: How did the early South American Indians obtain their precious metals, did they mine for gold or get it from the river beds?
 
I'm still facinated by the stone cities built in the jungles and with advanced waterways etc.
 
Given that they had no iron implements, how did they manage to achieve this?
 
But why did you choose Chiloe, the whole world goes back to the Stone Age?
 
I get the feeling you meant something else, something more about Chiloe.
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Chiloe is a culture based on wood, where Iron was forgotten for common things. That's what amazes me.
I will open a thread on Inca metallurgy, if I don't find it among the historical posts.
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Hello

I was in Chiloe some years ago. Now things are changing very much.  The forts you have noted were built against hollander fleets in times of admiral De Ruiter. Even they stablished a colony in the island, but fail to atract the indians (mapuches) help and died of starvation. Anyway the island is a very forestal zone, like the Araucania province. Very like Galicia in Spain, even in the fishing.
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Chiloe population was build upon huilliches (southern mapuches) and spanish admixtures. So, when you said that Spaniards "failed to attract mapuches" is a falacy. The fact is Chiloe is one of two regions in South America where there still are barroque music writings, where the songs were sing in a native language: Mapudungun (Mapuche tongue)
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I refer to the Hollanders, not the spanish, sorry.
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