Isla San Cristóbal (Chatham) in detail

History

Though San Cristóbal was first settled by Europeans in 1880, it was the establishment of a sugar factory by Manuel J Cobos in 1891 that signaled the start of a significant human presence on the island. Cobos recruited jailed mainlanders to work in his factory at El Progreso; imported train cars; and minted his own money, called the cobo. The experimental utopian project lasted for 13 years until the workers revolted and killed him in 1904; his son took over but was not very successful. The site is now a small village, where you can see the factory ruins and the site where Cobos is buried.