Naval Glories Day in Chile

Día de las Glorias Navales is a public holiday celebrated on the 21st of May in Chile to commemorate the Battle of Iquique fought between Peru and Chile on May 21, 1879 during the War of the Pacific. While the battle ended as a victory for Peru,  they lost their ironclad ship, the Independencia, which was one of…

The Battle of Iquique: Then and Today

As he boarded the Peruvian armored monitor Huáscar on May the 21st, 1879 the Chilean navy officer Arturo Prat lead his Chilean crewmen with the shout “Let’s board, boys!” Prat would not survive the battle, but managed to set into motion a path which would have a profound effect on his own country’s future, and geopolitical perceptions between Chile, Peru,…