Parution : To the shores of Chile : the journal and history of the Brouwer Expedition to Valdivia in 1643

To the shores of Chile


  • Brouwer, Hendrick (1581-1643)
  • Meuwese, Mark. Traducteur. Préfacier

Mark Meuwese is Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of Brothers in Arms, Partners in Trade: Dutch–Indigenous Alliances in the Atlantic World, 1595–1674 and coeditor of Atlantic Biographies: Individuals and Peoples in the Atlantic World.


To the Shores of Chile presents the remarkable story of an expedition that took place in Latin America during the height of the Dutch Empire. Skillfully translated by Mark Meuwese, this captivating work sheds light on Dutch imperialism and the complicated relationships between Native peoples and European colonizers.

In 1643, the Dutch West India Company launched an expedition to the coast of southern Chile. With plans to set up a permanent outpost that they hoped would generate enormous revenues in gold and weaken the position of their Spanish rivals, a naval squadron of five vessels and six hundred and fifty soldiers, sailors, and craftsmen set sail under the direction of Hendrick Brouwer. In the end, lack of cooperation from the native Mapuche stymied the expedition. However, an account of the enterprise, based on the journals and logbooks, was published in Amsterdam in 1646 to capitalize on the public fascination with dangerous adventures of Europeans in exotic places and to serve as a political pamphlet in support of the renewal of the West India Company’s charter.

To the Shores of Chile makes this account available for the first time in English and sheds light on both Dutch expansionism and the military and diplomatic power of indigenous people in South America. It will be particularly valuable to ethnohistorians, scholars of failed colonies, and those interested in maritime and Dutch colonial history.


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Note on the Translation
  • Introduction to the Journal and History of the Brouwer Expedition to Valdivia, 1643
  • Journal and History of the Voyage made East of the Strait of Le Maire, to the Shores of Chile, under the command of Lord General Hendrick Brouwer, having taken place in the year 1643
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : University Park (Pa.) : The Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Date de parution : cop. [2019]
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XVII, 114 p.) : [4] ill., cartes ; 22 cm
  • Collection : (Latin American originals ; 14).
  • Traduction de : Journael ende historis verhael van de reyse gedaen by oosten de straet la Maire, naer de custen van Chili
  • ISBN 978-0-271-08375-9 (br.) : 28,95 $


  • PARIS-BnF : 2020-211539

OpenEdition vous propose de citer ce billet de la manière suivante :
Olivier Jacquot (19 mai 2023). Parution : To the shores of Chile : the journal and history of the Brouwer Expedition to Valdivia in 1643. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 24 juillet 2024 à l’adresse

Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de collections : manuscrits des fonds américains, Service des manuscrits ORientaux (SOR), département des Manuscrits (MSS), Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

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