Commercial Relations of Chile

Henry L. Janes
1911 The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science  
The invitation to say a few words to you to-day on the subject of the commercial relations of the republic of Chile has given me genuine pleasure, which is no doubt to be ascribed in great part to the agreeable recollection of the years that it was my good fortune to serve in the American diplomatic service at the capital of this most interesting, sturdy country. I almost despair of being able to present to you any thing beyond a few general facts in the effort to acquaint you in outline with
more » ... u in outline with the Chilean environment of trade, and with the purpose of suggesting possible questions which an interest in this part of the country may indicate, and which I will be happy to endeavor to answer. I have been greatly impressed with the significance of a statement made to the conference a few days ago to the effect that &dquotrade follows the loan.&dquo The course of west coast commercial development lends confirmation to this statement, and I am encouraged to pursue the idea a step further and to add that trade follows the loan and the investment. On the west coast of South America both Englishmen and Germans have preceded us with the loan, the investment of capital, and the early cultivation of that enormously extensive field which has hardly been broken by the ploughshare of American enterprise. The South American republics occupying the narrow Andean region along the Pacific coast, constituting about one-sixth of the total area of the South American continent, with about fourteen millions of people, possess a foreign trade of over three hundred millions of dollars, of which the United States has not more than a tenth portion. The English merchant now enjoys the numerous advantages accruing from his early arrival here, and the German, in South America as in other parts of the world, has shrewdly grasped the opportunities presented with the vigor and tenacity characteristic of the the nation. And now, with the proxi-
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