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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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MAYORGA Z, Marcelo. Historical background related to Fur Sealing and their interaction with the geographical and human environment at the southernmost Austral American extreme: The case of scottish sealerWilliam Low. Magallania [online]. 2016, vol.44, n.2, pp.37-64. ISSN 0718-2244.

By the late XVIIIth century and early XIXth century, an incipient economic activity linked to the exploitation of pinnipeds was developed in the area of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and Falkland Islands. A large number of British and American sealers were present at the intricate channels of the patagonian geography. In this context, they gradually acquire a range of knowledge about the geographical and human environment. With the objective of contributing to learning more about the background presence of this group of sailors, the career of the Scottish sealer William Low is analyzed using Microhistory as a methodological perspective for this sealer that embodies a borderline case, the lifestyle and the circumstances of many. A number of unknown records have been observed, verifying the activities of Low the sealer, which after three decades sailing around the South Seas gets into retirement, living a quiet and humble existence at Chiloe Island.

Keywords : William Low; sealers; Patagonia; Chiloé; Southern natives; indigenous.

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