Sep 18, 2011

Google Doodle for Independence Day of Chile

Today Google celebrates the Independence Day of Chile.

Worth to know:

The usurpation of the Spanish throne by Napoleon's brother Joseph in 1808 precipitated the drive by the colony for independence from Spain. A national junta in the name of Ferdinand – heir to the deposed king – was formed on September 18, 1810. The Government Junta of Chile proclaimed Chile an autonomous republic within the Spanish monarchy (in memory of this day Chile celebrates its National Day on September 18 each year). 

Sep 18, 2008 - Chile Independence Day - (Chile) 

Top 5 facts about Chile:

1. Chile is a is a country in South America;

2. The shape of Chile is a distinctive ribbon of land 4,300 kilometres (2,700 mi) long and on average 175 kilometres (109 mi) wide.

3. Motto: Por la razón o la fuerza ("By reason or by force")

4. Population: 17,224,200 (60th in the world)

5. The origin of the word Chile - there are several theories about the etymology. One theory says:
"Chile may derive its name from a Native American word meaning either "ends of the earth" or "sea gulls"." (Wikipedia)

An interesting YouTube video:

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