This is an unusual 1938 view of Chile produced by Richard Edes Harrison, an artist known for his unique takes on spatial representation.
Oriented towards the northwest, the view depicts the country in three dimensions, capturing the drastic changes in elevation between the coast and the Andes. Chile is then divided into three geographic regions, with the most populous central region containing Santiago, Valparaiso, and Concepcion separated out for closer examination. Short paragraphs introduce the geography and economy of each region. Aside from mountains, cities, towns, rivers, lakes, and railways are noted. Minerals and major agricultural industries of the various parts of the country are also indicated.
Cities an equivalent distance north of the equator are listed along the latitudinal lines to provide an American audience with a point of reference. In the background lie the Juan Fernandez Islands, with Más Afuera (renamed Alejandro Selkirk Island in 1966 by the Chilean government) noted as “Chile’s Alcatraz for political prisoners” and Más a Tierra as Robinson Crusoe’s Island (formally renamed as such in 1966).
This view was published in May 1938 by Richard Edes Harrison, part of a series of maps relating to South America that Harrison produced for Fortune magazine.