Chile owns Easter Island. It was first inhabited by Polynesians, who call it Rapa Nui. Though the Dutch gave it its modern name in 1722, and it was visited by the English explorer James Cook, Easter Island was annexed by Chile in 1888.Continue Reading
By the time the Chileans took over Easter Island, its population had been decimated by wars, slave raids and disease. Easter Islanders are now considered full citizens of Chile.
Easter Island is famous for nearly 900 mysterious, 13-foot-tall, 13-ton statues called moai. As of 2014, no one knows who brought them to the site or what their purpose is.Learn more about South America
The climate in Chile ranges from alpine conditions in the country's mountains to Mediterranean temperatures along its coastline. Other than snowfall in its higher altitudes, Chile sees very little precipitation most of the year.Full Answer >
Brazil is the largest country on the continent of South America, which also includes the countries of Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Three territories are also considered part of the South American continent: the Galapagos Islands, the Falkland Islands and French Guiana.Full Answer >
The capital of Chile is Santiago, which is situated in Chile's Maipo Valley and surrounded by the Andes Mountains. It is the fifth largest city in South America.Full Answer >
Peru is bordered by five countries: Ecuador and Colombia in the north, Brazil in the east, Bolivia in the southeast and Chile in the south. Peru is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean.Full Answer >