Wednesday, August 10, 2011

On August 10

On this day in ...
... 1866 (145 years ago today), Bolivia and Chile settled on their border line in a treaty reached after years of negotiation. At issue was land in the Atacama Desert, which had been found to contain valuable nitrates. (credit for map showing Atacama Desert in yellow and outlying deserts in orange) The 24th-parallel boundary would be affirmed in another treaty 6 years later, which set up a revenue-sharing agreement respecting guano deposits on either side of the border.

(Prior August 10 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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