-Chile is located in southwestern South America
-Bordering countries are Peru to the north, Bolivia and Argentina to the east and to the west the South Pacific Ocean
-The capital of Chile is Santiago
-Santiago is also the largest city
-Andes Mountains: stretch the entire length of Chile, which is its most well known feature
-Northern desert region does not have a lot of vegetation.
-Central valley area contains: cacti, all types of grasses and Chilean pine with nuts for eating
-Southern region: rain forest is found, laurel, magnolia, false beech, various types of conifers can be found.
- The official language of Chile is Spanish and it is spoken by the majority of the population
-Roman Catholics equal about 79% of Chile’s population
-All children must attended school from age six to age fourteen
-The minister of education administers this program for the national government
-Several higher education facilities are available for students to attend
-The government of Chile consists of an Executive branch, Legislative branch, Judiciary branch, and a local government
-First European to visit Chile
-Pedro de Valdevia:
-Established three settlements
-In 1810 Chile and other Spanish colonies declared their independence from Spain
-In June 1955 Chile became a charter member of the United Nations
-Chile underwent a great deal of civil unrest over the following 50 years
-From 1993 on Chile’s economy has flourished and prospered which has helped the county’s economy
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