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Chapter 2 draws upon petitions, intercepted letters, military communiqués, and courts martial to explore how families mobilized politically and experienced the impact of war from 1814 to 1823. While some patriot leaders escaped over the Andes, others remained in Chile to face the restoration of Spanish rule in 1814. The wives of those imprisoned on suspicion of having participated in the independence movement denounced the tyranny of royal officials in terms of failed paternalism. But as patriot forces gained the upper hand after 1817, they carried out similar tactics that targeted not only known royalist activists but also their relatives....

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