The war now being waged in South America between Chili on the one side and Peru and Bolivia on the other is of interest to naval officers because of the importance of the part which the navies of the two nations play. The belligerents are separated by the Desert of Atacama, an arid waste of two hundred or two hundred and fifty miles width in a north and south direction, which is without water or animal life, and over which it would be difficult, if not impossible, to transport an army. The sea, if commanded by either belligerent officers, on the other hand, a safe and easy means of transporting armies and supplies.
The War in South America
Lieut. J. F. Meigs