Curaco de Vélez

Curaco de Vélez
Location of the Commune of Curaco de Vélez in Los Lagos Region
Location of the Commune of Curaco de Vélez in Los Lagos Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Curaco de Vélez
Location in Chile
Coordinates (commune): 42°26′S 73°35′W / 42°26′S 73°35′W / -42.433; -73.583
CountryChile
RegionLos Lagos
ProvinceChiloé
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • AlcaldeLuis Curumilla Sotomayor (DC)
Area
 • Total80.0 km2 (30.9 sq mi)
Elevation
79 m (259 ft)
Population
(2012 Census)[2]
 • Total3,584
 • Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Urban
0
 • Rural
3,403
Sex
 • Men1,642
 • Women1,761
Municipality of Curaco de Vélez

Curaco de Vélez is Chilean commune in Chiloé Archipelago which is part of Chiloé Province and Los Lagos Region. The commune is located in western Quinchao Island while the eastern part is administered by the commune of Quinchao.

History

Curaco is proud of its association with several famous Chilean sailors. From the War of the Pacific are Admiral Galvarino Riveros and Rear Admiral Manuel Oyarzún. Also remembered is Carlos Miller Norton navigator of the Goleta Ancud that took possession of the Straights of Magellan in 1843 for Chile. Hydrographer and explorer Francisco Hudson was also native to the town.

It is said that Galvarino Riveros Cárdenas was born in Changüitad. In his career he cruised the entire coastline of Chile caring out many delicate and important missions. The nation could not have found a more suitable commander than Riveros to defend the country in the War of the Pacific (1879).

On 13 and 15 January 1881, in command of his squadron, Riveros provided protective fire for the army assault that defeated the Peruvian forces leading to the surrender of Lima and Callao. The unaffected lives of Almirante Galvarino Riveros and Rear Admiral Manuel Oyarzún, architects of Chilean victory in the War of the Pacific remain a lesson to each succeeding generation of Chileans.[3]