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Chile Returns Books to Peru’s Libraries After 126 Years

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 16, 2007

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In 1881, ¬†during the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific, Chilean soldiers captured Lima, Peru, and pillaged its library. This Tuesday, Chile returned 3,778 books via DHL to Peru, more than 126 years overdue. The books, most in excellent condition, dated from the 16th to the 19th centuries, ¬†and were written in Greek, Latin, French and Spanish. Some included full-page colonial-era maps. The books were presented to Peruvian officials at a ceremony by Nivia Palma, national director of libraries, archives and museums in Chile. Palma called the return a “concrete expression of our deep commitment to building a relationship of brotherhood and cooperation between our countries.” Peru’s Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Belaunde thanked Chile for returning the books and said the two countries must work to strengthen their friendship. Border disputes dating back to the 19th century war in which Chile captured territory from Peru and Bolivia–including Bolivia’s only coastline–had undermined relations between Chile and Peru. The books are scheduled to be returned to Lima’s national library.

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