Page 130. " the Anarchist rebellion "

Section 51 of In Patagonia provides a succint yet fulsome account of the Anarchist Rebellion (it's one of the longest chapters in the book), but Chatwin makes no mention of the film, La Patagonia Rebelde, by the Argentine director Hector Olivera. Based on the writings of Osvaldo Bayer it was released in June 1974 to critical acclaim, but swiftly shelved thereafter. Three years later, writing in The New York Times at the time of the film's delayed American release, the critic Victor Canby detailed the problems Olivera had faced against the backdrop of an increasingly right-wing climate during Juan Perón's final days.


Page 131. " Proudhon and Bakunin "

Two prominent founders of the anarchist movement. The French politician Pierre-Joseph Proudhon is credited with being the first to use the term. Whilst he was in Paris in the mid nineteenth century, he collaborated with the Russian proponent of collectivist anarchism, Mikhail Bakunin.

Page 131. " Calderón and Lope de Vega "

Two Spanish playwrights of the 17th century. Pedro Calderón de la Barca and Lope de Vega may be less well known in the English-speaking world, but they were hugely influential to the Spanish baroque.


Page 133. " Francisco Ferrer "

A Catalan teacher and anarchist who was shot without trial at the Montjuic Fortress, Barcelona, after the declaration of martial law in 1909. It led to violence between the Spanish Army and workers and is often referred to as the Tragic Week.


Page 135. " mata negra "
Mata negra
GNU Free Documentation LicenseMata negra - Credit: Sten Porse

Otherwise known as Escallonia virgata, a flowering plant indigenous to Chile and southern Argentina.

Page 143. " Martin Behaim "

Behaim was in the employment of the King of Portugal, John II, in the late fifteenth century. Antonio Pigafetta cites Behaim's drawings of the South West Passage in his account of Magellan's voyage, but the map has never been found.

Page 146. " Captain Shelvocke's voyage "

George Shelvocke was an English privateer who sailed up the west coast of South America in 1720 and wrote A Voyage Round the World By Way of The Great South Sea as an account of his adventures.

Page 146. " Black-browed Albatross "

The most 'common' of the Albatross family, the Black-browed Albatross Chatwin identifies as the inspiration for Coleridge is now designated 'endangered' by the IUCN.