The Nitrate King: A Biography of "Colonel" John Thomas North

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The first book-length biography of John Thomas North (1842-1896), known as 'Colonel North' in Britain and throughout the world as 'The Nitrate King,' this book utilizes sources in Britain and Chile and traces North's spectacular life from a mechanic in Leeds through his thirteen years in Peru and Chile culminating in his status as one of the richest and best-known men of his generation. North is today almost completely forgotten in Britain and remembered in Chile only to be vilified as the archetypal predatory ...

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Overview

The first book-length biography of John Thomas North (1842-1896), known as 'Colonel North' in Britain and throughout the world as 'The Nitrate King,' this book utilizes sources in Britain and Chile and traces North's spectacular life from a mechanic in Leeds through his thirteen years in Peru and Chile culminating in his status as one of the richest and best-known men of his generation. North is today almost completely forgotten in Britain and remembered in Chile only to be vilified as the archetypal predatory capitalist. This book calls for a revaluation of North and examines several controversies—principally the enduring allegations that North manipulated the War of the Pacific and the Chilean Civil War of 1891. The book describes North's business activities; his re-invention as country gentleman at Avery Hill mansion; and his generosity, including the gift of Kirkstall Abbey to the city of Leeds.

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"Well-written . . . and contributes new information about North's life and the relation of that life to the economic development of Chile." - Michael Monteón, Professor of History, University of California, San Diego"A revealing, entertaining, and long-needed biography of one of the nineteenth-century's most flamboyant and controversial international capitalists - 'Colonel' John Thomas North.Edmundson adeptly exploits previously unknown archival materials, the contemporary press, and a vast academic literature on the nitrate industry and Chilean politics to bring the 'Colonel' back to life in all his complexity." - Brian Loveman, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, San Diego State University and author of Chile: The Legacy of Hispanic Capitalismand No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere since 1776 "The author's research, conscientiously carried out in English archives, and the collaboration of experts in information and of libraries, not only proves the seriousness of Edmundson's work, but also the tireless idea of unraveling the life and actions of North in Chile and in other countries where he made investments." 'El regresso de John Thomas North,' Diario 21, Iquique, Chile. May 2, 2011 (trans.), Dr. Pedro Bravo-Elizondo (Ret.), Professor of Latin American Literature, Wichita State University.

'This is a splendid story of a man with great charm, who was an adventurer, buccaneer and speculator and who, in a short and eventful life, rose from a very modest beginning to acquire both fame and fortune … This book will make good reading for those interested in a comprehensive story of the nitrate industry.' Viscount Montgomery, Chilean News, (Bulletin of the Anglo-Chilean Society in London), No. 379, London. October 2011. pp. 10-11.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230112803
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Series: Studies of the Americas Series
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Edmundson works as a consultant and writer in Recife, Brazil, following a career in teacher training and management with the British Council that has taken him to Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and his most recent appointment as Director Cuba.   Fluent in Spanish (and Portuguese), he started research into the history of the British presence in Chile while Director of the Chilean-British Institute in Concepción. William Edmundson is the author of A history of the British presence in Chile (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009), and of several articles on the subject, in English and Spanish, both in Chile and in Britain. His publications include “Ayrshire to Arauco: The Voyage of the Colinda,” Geogscot, The Royal Scottish Geographical Society, (1993); “Calle Exeter and Rua Charles Darwin: British Studies on Your Doorstep,” British Studies Now, the British Council, (1994); “La batalla de Coronel,” Revista de la Sociedad de Historia de Concepción, (1990); and “Los británicos en la zona carbonífera,” Revista de la Sociedad de Historia de Concepción, (1988). William Edmundson has also published widely on English language teaching, and on the survival of steam locomotives in Latin America.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: He would be called quiet
• We had adventures of all sorts
• I was better acquainted than any other foreigner
• Don Juan Tomás North
• The Nitrate King
• The Grand Promotion Army
• Colonel North
• The sensation of the hour
• A visit to the Nitrate Kingdom
• A millionaire stripped bare
• Epilogue: I have enjoyed myself thoroughly
• Appendix: The North family tree

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    Whispersky's Bio

    Name: Whispersky <br> Rank: warrior <br> Age: 16 moons <br> Gender: &female (shecat) <br> Looks: pale white fur with stunning silver stripes. Blurple eyes (bluish purple) <br> Personality: very fair, gentle, strategic, and smart <br> Kin: Ambertail (mother), Talonfang (brother, deceased). Idk who my father is, actually. <br> Crush/Mate/Kits: No/No/No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    StormyNight and co bios

    ----StormyNight- (gender) male (age) Shut it! (Descrption) black fur stormy blue eyes with electric blue roots and a whit scar over the left eye. (Mate) BlueFlame (kits) Nope (theme song) we are who we are by imagene dragon ---- **** SnowDrift* (Gender) female (age) so help me..... (description) white fur with silver swirls and silver flecks in her stormy blue eyes. (Mate) BlizzardStorm (kits) BlizzardKit, QuickKit, TundraKit, And NorthernKit. (Theme song ) Safe and Sound by tayolr swift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    &Omega AmberStar &Omega

    Name &psi AmberStar <p> Rank &psi Leader <p> Gender &psi &female <p> Age &psi 34 Moons <p> Crush &psi No <p> Mate &psi My mate just left, so obviously not. <p> Kits &psi Whispersky, Talonpaw, OakKit, SpiritPool <p> Lives Left &psi 9 <p> History &psi No thanks <p> Kin &psi <p> Mother &psi BadgerFang <p> Father &psi Forcemater <p> Sister &psi DancingRiver <p> Looks &psi She has a shiny amber coat with blue eyes <p> Personality &psi She is vicious to intruders and wise, but she is kind to her clan. She holds her feelings inside and tries to do whats best for the clan. She hopes she will be a good leader. <p> Likes &psi Mice, hunting, Mice, NorthClan, StarClan, Mice, the sun, and did i mention mice? <p> Dislikes &psi evil <p> &#9786 AmberStar &#9786

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Cagekit bio

    Name cagekit. Three moons old. Dark grey fur with white stripes. Dark green eyes. She kit. All of kin is dead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    AutumnLeaf Bio Update

    Main bio and stuff is in reso teo. Updated: Age: 30 moons Crush: Hint: _ _ _ _ s_ _ _

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Petalstorm and Ivysong's Biographies

    Name&#9830 Petalstorm [Formerly Petalstar]
    <p>
    Gender&#9830 &female
    <p>
    Rank&#9830 Co. Deputy
    <p>
    Age&#9830 About 25-30 Moons
    <p>
    Looks&#9830 Petalstorm is a lithe, well built she-cat with a beautiful tortoiseshell pelt. Her paws and tail tip are dark black, and her eyes are honey amber. Across her forehead, their is a white streak.
    <p>
    Personality&#9830 You Have To Meet Her
    <p>
    Crush&#9830 &hearts Brownstripe &hearts
    <p>
    Mate&#9830 &hearts Brownstripe &hearts
    <p>
    Kits&#9830
    <br>
    Stormkit~ &male
    <br>
    Stripekit~ &male
    <br>
    Rosekit~ &female
    <p>
    Kin&#9830
    <br>
    Mother~ Stormyrose [&female]
    <br>
    Father~ Claw [&male]
    <br>
    Siblings~
    <br>
    Ivysong~ &female
    <br>
    Duskkit~ &male, deceased
    <p>
    History&#9830 To Be Posted Later
    <p>
    •••
    <p>
    Name&#9851 Ivysong
    <p>
    Gender&#9851 &female
    <p>
    Age&#9851 25-30 Moons
    <p>
    Rank&#9851 Warrior
    <p>
    Looks&#9851 Ivysong is a smaller, longlegged she-cat, with a gorgeous silver pelt. Her pelt is laced with white stripes, and black flecks. She has one white paw, and her eyes are sky blue.
    <p>
    Personality&#9851 You Have To Meet Her
    <p>
    Crush&#9851 ... Swiftnight
    <p>
    Mate&#9851 None
    <p>
    Kits&#9851 None
    <p>
    Kin&#9851
    <br>
    Mother~ Stormyrose [&female]
    <br>
    Father~ Claw [&male]
    <p>
    Siblings&#9851
    <br>
    Petalstorm ~ &female
    <br>
    Duskkit~ &male, deceased
    <p>
    History&#9851 To Be Posted Later

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    &star &starf Loststar's Bio &starf &star

    Name - Loststar<p> Gender - &male <p> Age - 33 Moons <p> Rank - Leader <p> Lives Left - Eight <p> Personality - Rude and hateful to most anybody; except his Clan and mate. <p> Looks - Dark brown tabby with darker brown stripes. Ice blue eyes. Scar on right shoulder, above left eye, and left flank. <p> Kin - <p> Dad - Frogleap <pbr> Mom - Starflare ((Muzzle)) <br> ((Don't feel like posting other kin)) <p> Crush - Ambertail <p> Mate - Ambertail <p> Kits - Don't feel like posting them. <p> History - Doesn't Matter <p> Other RPes in next result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Wolfpaw

    Name: Wolfpaw Gender: She cat Age: 6 moons Description: A grey she cat with black paws and white tail. She also has green eyes. Her left hind leg is broken and her left eye is blinded. Persona: kind and caring can be grumpy at time and she has a short temper. But stay on her good side and she will treat you like a kit. Rank: MCA (Medicine Cat Apprentice) History: Mom died protecting her never knew her father. Kin: Jaytime: mother dead Father: unknown Siblings: unknown. Other: just ask<p> ~W0lf`p@w

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Moonwillow's bio

    Name:...<br>Gender:She<br>Appearance: A black cat with blue eyes and a small black nose. She is realativly average size witha whiye tail an paws.<br>Mate/kits: Nope<br> Rank: Warrior

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Echoleaf bio

    Name&star Echoleaf Gender&star she cat Age&star 18 moons Mate&star Rainstorm Kits&star unborn Rank&star warrior/queen Look&star tan with green eyes and a white paw and tip of her tail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Feather bio

    Name: Feather &star Age: 14 moons &star Rank: Warrior &star mate: scar (dead) &star kits: dead &star other: just ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Fireclaw's bio

    {Name}Fireclaw {Age}21moons {Rank}Warrior {Gender}Tom {Description}A pure red tom with black paws and green eyes {Personnality}Meet him! {Crush}.... {Mate}None {Kits}None {Kin}All dead from battle {History}Dont ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Sharptooth

    Age 20 moons appearence a huge strongbuilt grey tom with fierce green eyes personality serious sometimes fun posotion rogue/clan member htory descendant of sharptooth the terror of the tribes but does not eat cats no worries. Cpvery protective of things he holds dear ceush none mate none

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Rockstripe

    Name:Rockstripe
    Age:17 moons
    Looks:tan brown pelt, icy blue eyes.
    Crush:Ummm...
    Mate:nope
    History:His mother and brother were killed by dogs only a week after he was born. His father remains unknown.
    Other:Playful, competetive, and strong. His old freind Goldenpaw left northclan. He still hopes she will return.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    ¿Embersoul¿ bio

    ~ Name • Embersoul
    <p>
    ~ Gender • She-cat
    <p>
    ~ Age • 19 moons
    <p>
    ~ Rank • Warrior
    <p>
    ~ Original Clan • Creekclan
    <p>
    ~ Description • She has a beautiful light grey pelt, that fades to a shadowy black on her hindlegs. Her ears are a fiery ginger color, and her eyes are a sparkling silver with speckles of deep blue across them. She is Particularly small(about the size of an average apprentice), but makes up for it with her amazing tracking skills, and helpful advice
    <p>
    ~ Personality • She is kind and friendly, but distrusting at first. She is very cautious, and believes everyone deserves to be heard. She ABSOLUTLY DESPISES evil cats.
    <p>
    ~ Crush • ...
    <p>
    ~ Kin • Rosecloud(mother, evil/rouge), Stormpelt(father, killed by Rosecloud), Bluepaw(sister, killed by Rosecloud), Flamingsoul(brother, taken by twolegs)
    <p>
    ~ History • Long, sad, scary, and awful. She doesnt usually likr o talk about it with anyone, but if youre nice, and get close enough to her, you just might hear it.
    <p>
    ~ Theme Song • Too Beautiful - He Is We

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Dawnpelt bio

    Looks: my face is black and fades to oranges at the nose and neck, my tail tip and paws are black...amber eyes.......Personality: very sweet but is very protective of kits, is feirce of my friends......Mate/kits/crush: Night/ barkstorm/ nerp.......History: has a bad history with mates and kits......Kin: dead except my mother , twilightfur, lives as a rougue.........anything else just ask!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    &Delta PoppyCloud's Bio &Delta

    Name &Delta PoppyCloud <br>
    <p>
    Age &Delta 12 moons <br>
    <p>
    Gender &Delta &female <br>
    <p>
    Rank &Delta Warrior <br>
    <p>
    Apprentice &Delta MorningPaw <br>
    <p>
    Looks &Delta Ginger tabby with a white underbelly, and green eyes <br>
    <p>
    Personality &Delta Stubborn, Indignant, (Sometimes) Bossy, Yet (Somehow) Welcoming, Confident, Friendly <br>
    <p>
    Kin &Delta All deceased <br>
    <p>
    Crush &Delta None <br>
    <p>
    Mate &Delta None <br>
    <br>
    Kits &Delta None <br>
    <p>
    Other &Delta Hates being told no. Like to prove herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Sky

    Rogue cat. Calls himself Protector will help people fight againe FM is blind though but knows medicine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Blaclaw

    My name is blackclae I am 20 moons old I have blackc fur and green ees

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Timberwolf

    Name- timberwolf. Age-19 moons. Kits- expecting andspottedpaw. Looks- white shecat with grey patches. Personality- kind, loyal softspoked. Renk- think queen?

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