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Today in Latin American History

The War of the Pacific Broke Out in 1879

The War of the Pacific Broke Out in 1879

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Today in Latin American history, the War of the Pacific broke out when Chilean armed forces occupied the Bolivian port city of Antofagasta in 1879.

The war involved Chile, Bolivia, and Peru, ultimately resulted in Chilean annexation of valuable disputed territory on the Pacific coast.

The conflict evolved from a dispute between Chile and Bolivia over control of a part of the Atacama Desert on the Pacific coast of South America. The territory contained valuable mineral resources, particularly sodium nitrate.

The war continued until 1883.


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