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9. A Legend of Churches

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The main church in Valdivia is a perfectly modern thing, but this plaque with the list of all churches that have stood there is telling. There has been a lot of strife here, both natural disasters and incursions from the Mapuche people who were able to hold against the European people until the second half of the 19th century. We can see the final date for the most previous church: the date of the Valdivian earthquake. What happened in 1909, I don't know.