South America: Two Queens to the Rescue

At the end of the 19th century, so vast was the empire of Queen Victoria and so prestigious her name that statesmen of lesser lands around the world often sought the counsel of her ministers. Thus it was only natural that in 1896, when Chile and Argentina could not agree on the precise location of parts of their 3,000-mile common border, they turned to London for a solution. Though Victoria died before the job was done, her son Edward VII produced an arbitrator's decision in 1902, and his ruling was accepted in every particular —...

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