This book is a study of trade between Chile and Philadelphia during the decades surrounding Chilean independence. It is organized into chapters dealing with commerce between Chile and the United States in the period before independence (1778–1818), a description of the ports and the background to the trade, the export trade from Chile to Philadelphia, this trade as it appeared in the customs records of Valparáiso, Coquimbo, Huasco, and Copiapó, and finally, a comparative analysis of the trade between the Republic and Philadelphia. It is based on extensive (and obviously intensive) research in the customs records of Philadelphia in the National Archives in Washington and the aduana records in the Archivo Nacional de Chile. From this, the author hoped to establish the quantities of various branches of commerce.

She succeeds in doing this, and while it must be said that there are few...

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