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a form of government. A solemn ceremony was also prepared to inaugurate the new king and his kingdom, his subjects having to accept shouting, "Long Live the King !". However, this proclamation also brought Antoine the first disagreement with the natives since, much to his consternation, throughout the ceremony they all refused to take of their hats.

Contrary to what could be expected, Antoine´s fellow countrymen living in Chile took all this very seriously and began to support him. Three days later, Orllie Antoine I, somehow evaluating that he was annexing territory to France and that in his native country a nationalist sentiment was in favor of displacing troublesome sectors of the population to the colonies, asked for government sponsorship to transfer to his Auracano realm commoners, communists, and all those citizens that conspired against the established order of the state of France.

But the new monarch did not have the sufficient means nor economic support to consolidate his crown with an army strong enough to validate his claims. His subjects were also divided and it was easy to see they could give little support to the cause of the Auracania realm. He proceeded to do then what many governors in the same circumstances often do: he went to war and sent Chile a formal declaration stating his intentions. The Chilean authorities, somewhat surprised, detained him. A judge thought him crazy and asked for a medical examination. The self-crowned king then gave testimony of his sanity. The judge, by now furious, demanded the death penalty for disturbing the public order. However,. the French Consul managed to intercede, insisted the man was crazy, and managed to send him back to France.

Shortly after, Antoine published a book in Paris with accounts of his experiences as a monarch in the austral regions of South America. In the book Antoine stated that "France could gain limitless advantages in his realm of Auracania". All the same, he went to jail for having unpaid debts.
The king of the Patagonia, who was a mason, suffered another setback when Pope Pio IX excommunicated the French masons in 1865. But Antoine petitioned for a pardon, stating his desire to reconcile himself with the Church as "King of the Auracania and Patagonia".

The Pope wrote to the Archbishop in Paris to absolve Antoine just as long everything he stated was as it really was, and to "grant him

a pious penitence that would repair the error of his previous ways". In 1869 Antoine makes another trip to Argentina in a French war ship. This time he has the ultra-nationalist support of some of his countrymen. After an uneventful trip, Antoine lands in San Antonio and from there heads to Choele Choel, not aware that it was also the camp site of a belligerent indian tribe. There, Antoine narrowly missed having his throat cut thanks to a tribe member that recognized him and saves his life. But he finds more trouble yet. He is discovered by Colonel Saavedra, grandson of the President that was a member of the first Rio de la Plata Junta, and whom had already taken him prisoner ten years back on Antoines first attempt to establish his monarchy. The man who would be king now escapes to Bahia Blanca and then makes his way to Buenos Aires where he takes a ship back to Paris.

In 1874, this time backed by a banker, the press, and a few of the imperial chauvinists of the time, Antoine makes yet another trip to Buenos Aires. But his luck has not changed and once again he is recognized by a Colonel, albeit a diffrent one. Colonel Murga takes him prisoner and Antoine is deported back to France. That would be his last trip to South America. His notoriety waned and his imagined realm was forgotten and is now remembered as one more extravagant and curious episode of the Patagonia. Antoine died poor in a public hospital.


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1-2-3-4-5-6     INTRODUCTION  
7-8     CHAPTER 1 - From Far West to Patagonia - BUTCH CASSIDY  
9-10     CHAPTER 2 - Tragedy of the Cervantes - THE “MONTE CERVANTES” SHIPWRECK  
11     CHAPTER 3 - The First Flight over Tierra del Fuego - GUNTHER PLÜSCHOW  
12     CHAPTER 4 - The Promised Land - THE ROAD OF THE WELSH PEOPLE  
13-14     Chapter 5 - The Watchman of the South - LUIS PIEDRA BUENA  
15-16     Chapter 6 - The Prison of the End of the World - Ushuaia’s Prison  
17     Chapter 7 - The Perito Moreno Glacier - FRANCISCO PANCRACIO MORENO  
18     Chapter 8 - THE FATHER DE AGOSTINI  
19-20     Chapter 9 - Long Live the King! - ORLLIE ANTOINE  
21     Chapter 10 - No Place for Women - ELLA HOFFMAN de BRUNSWICK  
22     Chapter 11 - The Boundless Empire - JOSE MENENDEZ  
23-24-25     Chapter 12 - Dreams of Gold - JULIUS POPPER  
27-28-29-30     PRESS ISSUE