THE KINGDOM OF ARAUCANIA AND PATAGONIA


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The Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia founded in 1860 by the Mapuche Indians in territory now occupied by the Republics of Chile and Argentina. Orelie-Antoine de Tounens, a French lawyer living in Araucania, was elected by the Mapuche to be the first King of Araucania and Patagonia. In 1862, King Orelie-Antoine was kidnapped by Chilean soldiers and deported to France. He mounted three expeditions to reclaim his throne and rally the Mapuche against the Republic of Chile, which was invading and colonizing Mapuche lands. In 1878, King Orelie-Antoine died in Tourtoirac, France.

Though the royal house has been in exile in France for over a century, it has never relinquished its rights under international law. The current head of the Royal House of Araucania and Patagonia is Prince Philippe of Araucania. He maintains close contacts with Mapuche groups both in South America and in Europe. He has spoken before the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous People as a representative of Mapuche people living in Argentina.

It is important to distinguish a state, which is a political apparatus, from a nation, which is a group of people joined by common language, culture and history. While the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia no longer exists and is only an historical memory, the Mapuche nation has preserved its cultural identity in spite of the concerted efforts of colonial and republican governments to either exterminate them -- as happened in Argentina -- or to forcibly incorporate them in a western, European culture -- as continues to happen in Chile through laws designed to destroy Mapuche culture, traditions, land tenure and language.

For more information on the Mapuche nation, please visit the page :The Mapuche Nation.

NAARS Link to the North American Araucanian Royalist Society

 

 

 


 

Latest News from the Kingdom and Press releases


 

 

  • Institutions of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia
  • Two 19th century maps of the Kingdom of Araucania & Patagonia found in the French National Archives.
  • The flags of the Kingdom of Araucania & Patagonia and the Mapuche nation..
  • The Crown of the Kingdom is made of steel and has stones from the Rio Bio-Bio, the natural border between the Chile and Araucania.
  • The Royal GalleryThe Royal Gallery has images of the monarchs of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia.
  • Prince Philippe and Princess Elisabeth former heads of the Royal House of Araucania in Exile.
  • Orelie-Antoine's Manifesto of 1863was published by the first King of Araucania and Patagonia while in exile in Paris.
  • The Elusive Reign of Orelie-Antoine is an introduction to the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia by Martha Gil-Montero.
  • Message of Reynaldo Mariqueo - 17 de noviembre, 2007 La Corona de Acero resplandece en el Cono Sur de América  
  • The Memory of King Orelie-Antoine is a  Mapuche perspective  on the first King of Araucania and Patagonia by Huichacurha Marhique.
  • The Cacique Gallery The Cacique Gallery has images of the 19th century Mapuche leaders who established the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia.
  • The Museum  of the Kings of Araucania is housed in the boyhood home of Orelie-Antoine de Tounens, first King of Araucania and Patagonia. 
  • Scenes de Perquenco, Orelie-Antoine's capital of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia.
  • Views of Tourtoirac Town where is the tomb of Orélie-Antoine

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    You can find the following sections:

  • Messages from Prince Philippe of Araucania and Patagonia 
  • Constitution of the Kingdom of Araucania
  • Araucanian Hymn
  • The Gallery of araucanians shows pictures od araucanians like those met by Orélie-Antoine
  • Araucanian Postcards of the Collection of Alberto Trivero and others
  • Orders and medalshave been issued by the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia since the 19th century.
  • 19th century coins19th century coins from the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia are numismatic rarities.
  • 20th and 21rst century coinsof the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia.
  • Araucanian Market  offers for sale items related to the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia.
  • Bibliography  ancient and modern publications concerning the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia
  • Archives of Prince Philippe of Araucania  contains original documents of the times
  • Saint Rose of Lima  Patron Saint of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia.
  • 80th birthday of Prince Philippe of Araucania and Patagonia 
  • Discussion Forum  allows to bring comments concerning the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia
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