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  • Writer's pictureNathaniel Hill

The Land of Fire: the Genocide of Tierra Del Fuego

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

Extermination campaign by Julius Popper and his mercenaries. 1887

Alongside every other indigenous community in North and South America; the original and rightful inhabitants of Tierra Del Fuego experienced a violent campaign of extermination against their community and culture. The genocide was led in part by the modern-day conquistador Julius Popper, who was supported by the expansionary Argentine and Chilean governments. The extermination of Tierra Del Fuego's native inhabitants was nearly complete and has gone almost forgotten in history.

This project attempts to shed a little bit of light on the scarcely discussed genocide against the Selk'nam People of Tierra Del Fuego. This project was made using Story Maps, a mapping and presentation tool from ArcGIS.

Nat Hill is the Co-Director of Research at Genocide Watch and the Chief Editor of "The Call" Blog

The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Genocide Watch

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