Many things have been written about Patagonia. One of the wealth of this area is found in between the pages of different books, which tell us its adventures and experiences of this piece of land, which is very special- The multiple literary production is wonderful. It is a pleasure to get in a bookshop and find such a variety of themes, photos, genders, editions and covers. I don´t believe that other Chilean region concentrates so much literary material in which their people, landscapes and history are reflected. To get to know Patagonia you have to read it, walk it and speak it.
One way to be introduced to the history of Patagonia, learn about its origins, roots, is reading the summery type books. This time I will focus in two books that are especially easy to read, very complete and interesting.
The first book is called “Breve Historia de Magallanes”, written by Mateo Martinic, National Award of History 2000. This book is basically a summery of his last work “Historias de la Región Magallanaica”, so in Breve Historia de Magallanes we found the most relevant information of the region: the Magallanes settlement and its former habitants, the first attempts of colonization, the founding of Fuerte Bulnes and lately the founding of Punta Arenas, its riot and rebellion, the first immigrants, the beginning of the livestock activity, etc. In only 137 pages of easy reading you can make a chronological map of the brief history of the region.
The second book that is also a good introduction to the history of the region is “Pequena Historia Patagónica”, written by Armando Braun Menéndez, prolific and historian of the region. In this book of not more tan 200 pages, its been told the different events that occurred in our Patagonia that finally constructs a entire event, leaving us the sensation of learning more of information and flavor anecdotes. Descriptions about indigenous people written by the first sailors who cross these seas, stories about hunting, shipwrecks, and riots, season this history, leaving us a huge curiosity and hanger of reading more.
Once you arrive to the Refugio, hotel, your tent, or in those three hours of bus drive or sailing to a glacier o merely in your home, after finishing your trip, reading and recognize Patagonia is a sweet nostalgic.