Welcome to Monumentos históricos Nacionales Puerto Hambre & Fuerte Bulnes


In May 1843 Chilean president Manuel Bulnes sent the schooner Ancud, manned by Chilotes and captained by former British officer John Williams, to occupy this southern area, then only sparsely populated by indigenous peoples. Four months later on September 21, when the Ancud arrived at Puerto Hambre, Williams declared the area Chilean territory and began to establish camp on a hilltop, dubbed Fuerte Bulnes. Exposure, lack of potable water, rocky soil and inferior pasture sent colonists northward to a more sheltered area known as Sandy Point by the settlers and Lacolet by the Tehuelche.


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