Chile tried to sell Easter Island to the US and to the Nazi Germany

In the 1930s, the then government of Chile wanted to sell the Easter Island, situated in the middle of the Pacific, to several countries, including the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and Adolf Hitler's Germany, according to a Spanish historian.

After acquiring 36 planes from Nazi Germany and 29 from Fascist Italy of Benito Mussolini, the Chilean government of Arturo Alessandri (1932-1938) and the Armada "offered to sell Rapa Nui (the name with which the aborigines refer to the Easter Island) to the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany" in order to build two cruisers to complete their military arsenal, reveals Mario Amorós in the book "Rapa Nui, a wound in the ocean" (in free translation), which was presented Thursday in Santiago.

In 1930, the United States naval attaché in Chile informed the Office of Naval Intelligence of his country's Navy Department of the Chilean government's proposal to sell the island - which Santiago annexed to 1888 -, supposedly for a million dollars, although "no amounts are mentioned" at any point, says the author.

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