the “cowardly” bombing of Valparaíso




Daily “The time”, April 30, 1866: «We accept with reserve the rumors that circulate in Valparaíso about the next bombardment of that square, whose destruction would perhaps cause greater damage to European commerce than to Chileans. We ignore the instructions that Brigadier Méndez Núñez has received on this point, but we believe that he will only be appealed to in the extreme, when there is no other more effective means of making Spain’s enemies feel the full weight of our just indignation.

You have just read the first published rumor about the bombing of the second most populated city in Chile, which was perpetrated by the Spanish army one day after the news, on March 31


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