Land-reclamation campaign by indigenous Mapuches scorches southern Chile

by Nick Miroff

Jose Quipal clears blackberry brush from a field where he and his family are squatting on land “occupied” by the Mapuche. Photo: Nick Miroff/Washington Post

ERCILLA, Chile — The Mapuche warriors of southern Chile were so fierce, they conquered the conquistadors, driving out the Spanish invaders in the 1600s.

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