"Yet in these early years after independence, Chile’s leaders recognized the usefulness of scientific knowledge, which offered information, for example, on natural resources and could produce usable maps. At the same time, for naturalists seeking to make their name, Chileans with scientific inclinations, and travelers with scientific interests, Chile offered enticing possibilities because it was so little known and explored scientifically. ..." – By Patience Schell
"Although in the first half of the century Brazil was the Western main sugar production center and the Low Countries the main distribution hub, Portuguese ports channeled this traffic, and the Atlantic Islands supplied wine to Brazil, the Brazilian main import good at least in terms of volume. ..." – By Daniel Strum
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