Chile Returns Plundered Books

In a gesture of good faith, the Chilean government has returned close to 4,000 books that were plundered from the Peruvian National library back in 1881 during the War of the Pacific. Some of these books were written in French, Spanish, Greek and Latin, and date as far back as the 16th century. Some of the treasures returned include a hand written copy of “The History of Peru” by the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, in 1617.

The return of these books is part of ongoing negotiations between the two countries which have had a number of problems over border disputes.

You can read more about this story from an article in the The International Herald Tribune, and from another article in The Santiago Times.

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