Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chile

  • David G. StewartEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_442-2

Statistics

2016 Jehovah’s Witness average publishers: 75,622. Congregations: 979. Baptisms: 2090. Memorial Attendance: 174,975. Preaching hours: 19.9 million

Land and Culture

Early people settled the valleys and coastal areas of what is now Chile by at least 3000 BC. The region was explored by Spanish conquistador Diego de Almagro in 1537, but he left as the land lacked the gold and mineral wealth of Peru. Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago in 1541.

The Spanish conquistadors forcibly converted the indigenous people of the Americas, reading aloud a declaration entitled “El Requerimiento” (The Requirement) demanding conversion and threatening death, enslavement, and forfeiture of land and property at sites where they landed in the Americas (“Ultimatum” 2013). Atrocities were committed against native people who did not bow to the Spanish demands. The Requirement was abolished by the Spanish king in 1573, after the Spanish had already overthrown the Aztec and Inca Empires and...

Keywords

Jehovah’s Witnesses Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society Chile History Religious movements 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s Bone and Spine SurgeryLas VegasUSA