Diego Barros Arana

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Diego Barros Arana
Born(1830-08-16)August 16, 1830
Santiago, Chile
Died November 4, 1907(1907-11-04) (aged 77)
Santiago, Chile
NationalityFlag of Chile.svg  Chile
Known forHistoria General de Chile
Scientific career
Fields History of Chile

Diego Jacinto Agustín Barros Arana (August 16, 1830 – November 4, 1907) was a Chilean professor, legislator, minister and diplomat. He is considered the most important Chilean historian of the 19th century. His main work General History of Chile (Spanish : Historia General de Chile) is a 15-volume work that spanned over 300 years of the nation's history.

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Barros Arana was of Basque descent. [1] He also was an educator and a diplomat. He was director of the Instituto Nacional, a public high school, and of the University of Chile.

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