13 October 2010
The Lost American sector at the Braden Mine, Sewell, Chile
Sewell had a very definable American sector. When it became clear that the Chilean government would be taking over the mine, the Americans began a mass exodus. To my knowledge, all the American compound homes were destroyed by the Chileans, possibly to erase the reminders of the historic American presence at the time of the very anti-American Marxist Allende regime. Prior to his ascent to power, Kennecott had already sold its majority interest to the Chilean government. Thus, its losses were somewhat minimized, compared to nearby Anaconda Copper, which had been investing heavily in its holdings at the time of the rise of Allende.