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The Government OfficialEdit


Dear Diary,

I was appointed general of the infant Chilean military today. It is a very nerve-wracking task because we do not have finances to keep Chile’s independence intact. The national treasury is empty, and the only way to get income is to raise taxes, or to get money by defeating our enemies in war, which would be very difficult because we don't have the finances to create an army. I will have to go as far as holding people ransom. While I know this not the best idea, it is the most efficient way to get the money back. If we wait, Joaquin de la Pezuela will defeat us before we defeat him. Every second Chile is vulnerable to a royalist attack if we do not keep the Spanish government officials away from us. There is so much that needs to be done in such a little amount of time. And the big question still remains: how am I going to create a navy without any money? All I know is that if I don’t get a navy soon, Chile will fall. Wish me luck.

Sincerely, Bernardo O'Higgins


1811Edit

Dear Diary,

I am now officially the first president of Chile. It is a great accomplishment, and never have I felt so powerful. It took a bit of a force, but I finally was able to place myself in the head of the national government, by a coup d’état <. It is the beginning of the revolution; therefore we need someone to take responsibility and power in order to win our Chilean freedom. Now that I am the ruler of Chile, I will have my brothers help me as military commanders [1]. It has been a hard time, worrying and strategizing for this revolution. It is so difficult to please everyone, because some of our people are still staying loyal to Spain [2]. I know many people want their freedom like me, but I feel as if they are too afraid to admit it because they do not want to get in trouble with Spain. I understand that it is a hard decision to make but if all of Chile came together as one, I know we could win this battle and our independence. It is so hard to believe that the Independence Movement started only a year ago, and now we are even opening up ports for international trade! [3]. Four ports were just opened up and now foreign ships can dock here [4]. We are just getting that much closer to complete independence, I can feel it coming.

Sincerely, Jose Miguel Carrera


Dear Diary,

I have finally collected all of the money I need and have started the creation of the navy. This will finally give us full control of the seas and will create a boundary for Chile. My mission is to keep Chile safe and away from danger. Hopefully this mission will succeed. I am trying my hardest, hoping my hard work will finally pay off. Although this will be a difficult time for Chile, i believe that with my leadership, we can become the strong, united country that we have the potential to be. With hard work, i know that we can become the country of everyone's dreams.

Sincerely, O’Higgins


1813Edit

Dear Diary,

Who does O’Higgins([[1]] think he is? Trying to take my power? I cannot believe people would agree with him, and vote me out. [5]. I have been doing so much for Chile, trying my hardest to finally get out independence. I understand that everyone might be afraid of a civil war [6] . Of course there have been threats, but as president I want to try my hardest to keep that from happening. What we need to focus on right now is defeating Spain. All of these issues and battles are very stressful to me, and it is impossible to please everyone. I just do not understand what they expect me to do.

Sincerely, Jose


Dear Diary,

I cannot believe that I have been exiled from my own home country! I have to watch Chile be overthrown by people that I don’t agree with. Especially my junior officer Freire; there was always something that we disagreed on. I should have just exiled him while I had the chance. But the only problem with that, would be that I would have just looked like a dictator, and people would revolt against me. What the people don’t realize is that sometimes a political leader has to do what is necessary, whether it is good or bad. All political leaders need to be aware that any small change can turn the whole public against you, which most likely would have happened, had I exiled Freire. It shames me that instead of being honored by my own country, I am being thrown away. My own comrades are even in upheaval, though some were happy for my leaving. If only they were in my shoes and could see what it takes a nation to stay strong they would realize that I’m not trying to do bad things. It makes me sick, that they can just dismiss me on the drop of a hat. If I were still the leader of Chile I know deep down that I could have made it prosper…but now I just have to watch it fall.

Sincerely, O'Higgins

1814Edit

Dear Diary,

It feels good to be back in power. This is where I am supposed to be, in the power of my own country. It has been a hard loss for both O’Higgins and I as we were just defeated at Rancagua [7]. The Spanish tried to invade us through Peru, and unfortunately succeeded [8]. This battle keeps getting tougher and tougher but we cannot give up just yet. I am afraid to say it, but I think it is time we get some help. We are really struggling in this war so I think it is time we get help from Buenos Aires and even possibly the United States [9]. I know it sounds crazy, but if we get them on our side then we will be much more powerful than we are alone. Wish me luck!

Sincerely, Jose


Dear Diary,

I am absolutely in disbelief because I was the main reason for Chilean independence. Without me the nation would have been overthrown by a royalist attacks and without my army I would not have even been alive to write this diary entry. I remember it vividly, on February 12, 1818, our independence was formerly declared. The air was filled with happiness but yet I could feel the tension around me. People crying for the death of their loved ones, yet I felt relief because we finally won our independence. We came from the Andes Mountains of Argentina and defeated the loyalist army. Three days after the battle of Chacabuco, the blood still stained our hearts but I was so proud to finally secure the independence for Chile. The battle ended the Spanish control of northern Chile and led to the liberation of Santiago. This is such a good feeling.

Sincerely, O'Higgins


Dear Diary,

One of my closest friends has perished. He died a proud man fighting for his country. He was not the only one who died; many others perished as well. I just wish I died with them because clearly I did not do justice for the people of Chile. I was the only one that deserved to be put to death. I don’t look forward to going to sleep because I know that my men’s dead faces will haunt me and remind of what I have done. I’m afraid I will wake up with nightmares as I hear the screams of the children that have no fathers. I toss and I turn every night thinking of what I have lost for my beloved Chile. I wish that I could go back and change the way that i fought this battle, and change the horrible outcome that came because of it. The only thing that keeps alive is my wife and children. They are the only one that takes me away from my nightmares.

Sincerely, O'Higgins


1820Edit

Dear Diary,

It has been a while since I have written in this journal, and I am afraid it may be my last entry. My own men have captured me: I have been betrayed by those i loved and saw as my own children. [10]. Argentina had false suspicions about me and did not allow me to come back to Chile [11]. Of course I am going to rebel against this, especially after all my brothers were executed at Mendoza. [12]. I cannot believe what goes through their minds. I have tried my hardest to help this country become its own government and finally have its freedom from Spain. Of course it makes me happy to hear that the independence is secured [13]. If I die, I hope to die trying to show people that I really do care. I hope I am remembered for all the positive things I did, such as create a Constitution and starting international trade [14]. They have to look at both sides of it! Without me this country may not have gotten this far in the revolution at all. My power helped us succeed in so many ways these past years. I have given Chile so much to expand and grow on, yet all they do is repay me with death. Whether people believe that I betrayed them or not, I hope to be remembered for all of my accomplishments and hard work.

Sincerely, Jose Miguel Carrera


Dear Diary,

 I gave Chile, all I could give, but still the public was not happy with me. No one understands how much potential Chile has. I had a vision, to turn the beautiful nation into a viable one, and I did. I even designed an economic policy, but people became jealous of the foreign firms. I was so disgusted and upset that I forced them pay taxes. To many I seemed as a dictator, but I was trying to make an example out of them. Yes, I may have made a mistake however I made up for it by rewriting the commercial law. After this reformation I realized that I needed to make it so people had the same rights, so I eliminated the exclusive, aristocratic abilities and raised the cultural level of the common people. No one seemed to look at my success even though I created a functioning government that had a national army and navy. Why they don’t respect me, I don’t know. But it needs to change.

Sincerely, O'Higgins


Dear Diary,

I know that the only thing that is keeping me from going to hell is my honesty and the fact that I did the best that I could for our country. Now that I think of it I don’t think an honest man could ever be as good of a leader as I have been. When you are a leader you have to be sneaky and smart so the people can understand your views. Therefore I don’t think there will ever be a perfect leader just as there is no perfect person. I am not making excuses for myself, but I only did what I could do without lying or cheating the people. I did the best I could as a leader, and that is all that matters. Chile is officially its own country, and we are free to live the way we want.

Sincerely, O’Higgins

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  3. "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.
  4. "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.
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  7. "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.
  8. "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.
  9. "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.
  10. "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.
  11. JOSE MIGUEL CARRERA. Online 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica. 29 Nov. 2009. http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/>.
  12. JOSE MIGUEL CARRERA. Online 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica. 29 Nov. 2009. http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/>
  13. "WHKMLA : History of Chile, 1541-1826." Nov 4 2009. Zentrale. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.zum.de/>.
  14. "WHKMLA : History of Chile, 1541-1826." Nov 4 2009. Zentrale. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.zum.de/>.
↑ "WHKMLA : History of Chile, 1541-1826." Nov 4 2009. Zentrale. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.zum.de/>.

↑ "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.

↑ "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.

↑ "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.

↑ "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.

↑ JOSE MIGUEL CARRERA. Online 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica. 29 Nov. 2009. http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/>.

↑ "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.

↑ "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.

↑ "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.

↑ "Jose Miguel Carrera (Chilean leader) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.britannica.com/>.

↑ JOSE MIGUEL CARRERA. Online 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica. 29 Nov. 2009. http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/>.

↑ JOSE MIGUEL CARRERA. Online 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica. 29 Nov. 2009. http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/>

↑ "WHKMLA : History of Chile, 1541-1826." Nov 4 2009. Zentrale. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.zum.de/>.

↑ "WHKMLA : History of Chile, 1541-1826." Nov 4 2009. Zentrale. 19 Nov. 2009. <http://www.zum.de/>.

BibliographyEdit

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