Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Chiloé Archipelago is comprised of a number islands off the coast of Chile. In the 17th century Jesuits introduced fitzroya shingles ("Real de Alerceas") as a local currency.

Fitzroya is from the cypress family, and named after Robert FitzRoy, captain of the HMS Beagle, the ship Charles Darwin travelled on while researching his book, The Origin of Species.

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