• Short Summary

    LOOKING OUT OVER SANTIAGO, THE CAPITAL OF CHILE, IS THE STATUE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, STANDING ON THE HILL OF SAN CRISTOBAL.

  • Description

    LOOKING OUT OVER SANTIAGO, THE CAPITAL OF CHILE, IS THE STATUE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, STANDING ON THE HILL OF SAN CRISTOBAL. SANTIAGO, FOUNDED IN 1541 IN THE DAYS OF THE EARLY SPANISH COLONISERS, IS SITUATED NEAR CHILE'S OTHER LEADING CITY, THE PORT OF VALPARAISO.

    THEY ARE BOTH AT THE CENTRE OF A COUNTRY WHICH STRETCHERS FOR SOME 2,500 MILES ALONG THE WEST COAST OF SOUTH AMERICA, WITH AN AVERAGE WIDTH OF ONLY 110 MILES. TI THE EAST, AND RUNNING THE LENGTH OF CHILE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, ARE THE ANDES MOUNTAINS. CHILE THUS FORMS A LONG, NARROW STRIP BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE PACIFIC.

    IN THE CAPITAL, AN ANCIENT SPANISH GUN IS ONE OF THE REMINDERS OF SPANISH COLONIAL DAYS, WHICH CAME TO AN END WHEN CHILE WON HER FREEDOM EARLY IN THE 19TH CENTURY. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SPOTS IN THE CITY IS GREAT BRITAIN PARK - RECALLING BY ITS NAME THE CLOSE TRADE LINKS WITH BRITAIN, AND THE FACT THAT MANY BRITAINS FOUGHT FOR CHILE IN HER STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM FROM SPANISH DOMINATION.

    THE SPORTING CENTRE FOR THE NATION IS THE NATIONAL STADIUM IN SANTIAGO, AT PRESENT BEING ENLARGED. IT WAS OPENED IN 1939, WITH SPACE FOR 39,000 PEOPLE. AFTER THE CURRENT EXTENSIONS, ABOUT 100,000 SPECTATORS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED, - ONE FIFTH OF THEM STANDING. THE AIRPORT LINKS THE CITY WITH NEIGHBOURING SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES AND WITH OTHER CONTINENTS.

    CHILE - NOTED FOR MINERAL WEALTH, AND PARTICULARLY FOR ITS COPPER MINES - DOES NOT GIVE THE IMPRESSION OF BEING A WEALTHY COUNTRY. IN RECENT YEARS, POPULATION HAS INCREASED FASTER THAN FOOD PRODUCTION, WHICH IS HAMPERED BY INEFFICIENT FARMING METHODS.

    THE EARTHQUAKES WHICH STRUCK CHILE LAST YEAR, KILLING BETWEEN 5,000 AND 10,000 PEOPLE, AND MAKING THOUSANDS MORE HOMELESS, WERE A SEVERE SETBACK TO THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMY, EVEN THOUGH THE INDUSTRIAL AREAS WERE NOT BADLY AFFECTED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA21BRHBUPC9QC0UZI4RGEXPNG8
    Media URN:
    VLVA21BRHBUPC9QC0UZI4RGEXPNG8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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