Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Constitutional Monarchic Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia

Pepe Escobar cites it as an example "that every reality in Patagonia is interchangeable with a heroic, larger-than-life character" — In Tierra del Fuego, Darwin still rocks:
    Think of French lawyer Orllie-Antoine de Tounens, who on November 1860 founded, under his authority, the Constitutional Monarchic Kingdom of Araucania, then annexed Patagonia. His title was King Orllie-Antoine I. He tried the trick twice more and eventually was jailed and deported out of Buenos Aires. When he died, the crown was inherited by his cousin, who without even moving from Europe conducted a lot of business to colonize "the new France". The Arauco-Patagonian throne even had its own flag, shield and currency - billing themselves as fierce defenders of indigenous peoples' rights. Even former US president Dwight Eisenhower was honored with a royal medal in 1966.
The Mapuche Nation (I once attended a Mapuche pow-wow in Chile) maintains a website of the kingdom's history — Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia. The kingdom was founded by the Indians themselves; "Le Royaume d'Araucanie et de Patagonie a été fondé en 1860 par le indiens Mapuche dans le territoire occupé maintenant par les Républiques d'Argentine et du Chili" — Le Royaume d'Araucanie et de Patagonie.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Pints in NYC said...

I love stuff like this.

Related:


1) Emperor Norton I of these United States

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton



2) Principality of Sealand

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Sealand

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia is fascinating and heroic. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Kingdom (Nov. 17, 1860 was the founding). In fact, this afternoon, in Chourgnac d'Ans, France, Prince Philippe d'Araucanie and many Araucanian notables gathered, as they do every year, to celebrate the feast day of Saint Rose of Lima -- the Patron Saint of Araucania. It is an important holiday for the Royal House of Araucania. Later this year, on November 13, the North American Araucanian Royalist Society will hold a big bash in Philadelphia marking the sesquicentennial.

11:36 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Happy Feast Day of Saint Rose of Lima! Long Live Araucania!

9:29 PM  

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