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Chile Facts

Chile is a long and narrow country that stretches down the western coast of South America, covering an area of around 756,000 square kilometers.
Chile is also a country prone to earthquakes due to its position between two tectonic plates.
However, it eventually formed an independent republic in 1810 and signed its Declaration of Independence from Spain in 1818. The country is now home to around 17 million people.
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The country’s capital city is Santiago which is located in the middle of the country, 80% of which is covered in mountains and more than 30 active volcanoes.
Although the region had been the home of the indigenous Mapuche people for thousands of years, it became part of Spain in the mid-16th century following the Spanish conquest.