Benjamin Fortson fortson at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Dec 13 17:02:37 UTC 2001

On Thu, 13 Dec 2001, James A. Landau wrote:

> I have found two 19th century sources that refer to the South American
> country as "Chili" (and none that use "Chile").  Does anyone have enough data
> to say whether these were the usual spellings in 19th Century American
> English or were happenstance?

If it was, it was true in other non-Spanish languages also; cp. Heinrich
von Kleist's novella "Das Erdbeben in Chili" ("The Earthquake in Chile"),
early 19th-century.


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