Chile returns 3,778 books plundered from Peru's national library

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November 7, 2007 00:51

 
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Chile on Tuesday returned 3,778 books that its military had taken from Peru's national library - more than 126 years overdue. Chilean soldiers pillaged the library in 1881 after capturing the Peruvian capital, Lima, during the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific. The volumes, written in Greek, Latin, French and Spanish, some with full-page colonial-era maps, dated from the 16th to 19th centuries. Chile shipped the books, most in excellent condition, to Peru this week via DHL, where they'll be returned to Lima's national library.

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