The Latin American trips of Carlos III and his controversies

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Carlos III and his controversies in Latin America when he was a prince. Photo: AFP

Charles III, today King of Great Britain, made numerous trips to Latin America when he was the prince from Walesthat were not without controversysuch as the one motivated by a plaque in Colombia or by his speech in Buenos Aires about the Malvinas.

The recently deceased Elizabeth II made five state trips to Latin America: Panama, Brazil, Chile and Mexico on two occasions.

His son Carlos, very interested in nature and its conservation, in 2009 he visited the Galapagos Islands, in Ecuador, and the Amazon, and was also in Chile, Uruguay and even Argentina, in 1999seventeen years after the Falklands War.

on that visitat the invitation of then Argentine President Carlos Menem, the crown prince played polo, but his words, During a speech on the British position regarding the Falkland Islands, whose sovereignty Argentina claims, they fell ill.

“My hope is that the people of modern and democratic Argentina, with their passionate attachment to their national traditions, will in the future be able to coexist amicably with the people of another modern democracy, albeit much smaller, a few hundred miles from its coastline, a people just as passionately attached to their traditions,” he said, referring to the archipelago of discord.

  • The then Argentine vice president, Carlos Rucauf, described those words as “intolerable”.

The war of Jenkins’ ear, controversy of Carlos III in Colombia

The new King Carlos III has even dedicated, since 2012, a new species of frog discovered in Ecuador, the “Hyloscirtus princecharlesi”, in recognition of his environmental support programs.

In 2014, he made a visit to Colombia and Mexico accompanied by Camila, which gave rise to a controversy in Cartagena de Indias, due to a plaque he discovered in the castle of San Felipe.

“In memory of courage and suffering of all those who died in combat trying to take the city and the fort of San Felipe under the command of Admiral Edward Vernon in Cartagena de Indias in 1741“, prayed the tribute.

A month after its inauguration, the mayor of Cartagena ordered its removal, shortly after it was damaged with hammer blows, because the citizens considered it little more than a tribute to “some pirates.”according to testimonies collected by the press at the time.

The 1741 siege of Cartagena de Indias by British troops, repelled despite the inferiority of the Spanish and local forces, was the most prominent episode of what the British call “the War of Jenkins’ Ear” (1739-1748) , in reference to the British captain whose ear was cut off by a Spanish soldier.

  • “Putting up a plaque in honor of the English is like a bank putting up a plaque in honor of the thieves who robbed it. What Vernon came for was to steal, to loot Cartagena, but he could not”affirmed, intervening in that controversy, the governor of the department of Bolívar, Juan Carlos Gossaín, in statements collected by the newspaper El Tiempo.

The tribute was near the statue to Blas de Lezo, who commanded the response to the British.