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Argentina and Chiles Strange Plot for Antarctica

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We have seen countries go to great lengths to Claim land as a part of their territory. Wars, slavery and enormous amounts of money have been spent to acquire ownership. Argentina and Chile faced a similar scenario with a long running dispute over the frozen lands of Antarctica. The snowy setting was not yet Claimed by any specific country or government. Miles of unknown history had yet to be discovered. Each side of the snowdrift felt they had proof dating back to the 1400s from their Spanish ancestors. There are a handful of regions who also have a stake; however it was Argentina and Chile that were actively pursuing their Claim. Without physical documentation, the speculation could never be settled.

This is were the story gets interesting. It is known that an unresolved territory can be justified with the number of native residents living on the unclaimed land. If 100 residents were listed and a higher percentage had a Chilean or Argentinean heritage, the consensus would rule with the majority. Research and military bases from different countries existed already, yet if we think about this for a moment we will realize the land in question is in Antarctica. With an appeal of icy beauty, wonderous natural surroundings and intriguing wildlife, who wouldn’t want to live there?

Argentina and Chile Call for Strategic Creativity

The conditions are harsh and not meant for the faint of heart. The coldest temperature recorded was at – 128 degrees Fahrenheit. The average temperature ranges from 17 degrees Fahrenheit above and – 49 below. As you let that meld in your thoughts, it is safe to say there was not a great colonization record to review. With each country back to square one on the census block, a new plan had to be devised. Neither wanted to wage an all out battle for the continent calling for a strike of strategic creativity. Without a fly on the wall to recount the details, we can only imagine how the next conclusion was drawn.

It was in the year 1977 when Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentina’s leader at the time, made a decision. The plan that was set in motion involved a woman, a secure trip and a Doctor. Captain Emilio Palma was the head of the army stationed in Esperanza. It was discovered his wife; Silvia Morella de Palma was 7 months pregnant. It wasn’t the first time this notion was set in motion, however it still seemed odd under the circumstances. Silvia and her unborn child were sent to Antarctica in anticipation of her delivery. The couples baby would be born on Antarctic soil (or snow in this case) making the infant a native of Antarctica with Argentinian roots.

Argentina and Chile Call for Strategic Creativity
Argentina and Chile Call for Strategic Creativity

Argentina and Chile Call for Strategic Creativity

Argentina considered the case to be closed and altered their maps to include their new acquisition. The matter was still not as conclusive as it was assumed. Chile decided to make an attempt to thwart Argentina with a plan of their own. They dispatched a newlywed couple who had plans of starting a family to Antarctica. The belief was if a child was both conceived and born there it would overrule Argentina’s Antarctic birth. This became a pattern of the wills resulting in 11 babies being born in Antarctica. The results of the matter continue unresolved; however the families are thriving in their new home. In the meantime… Antarctica remains a site for research and development gaining respect from nations around the world.

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