The unusual reason 11 babies were born in Antarctica

File photo of Argentina’s Esperanza Base in Antarctica

The Antarctica It is a territory of the planet that is full of surprising stories Y little known, as the controversial battle of two countries for a portion of the white continent what ended forcing 11 couples to have children in an attempt to ‘mark territory’ through the number of inhabitants.

Between the 1970s and 1980s, many governments supported the idea that all unoccupied land is for whoever finds it. And it was then that different countries began to claim parts of Antarctica, with some cases of strange strategies, such as those planned by Chile and Argentina.

These two neighboring nations studied various maneuvers to seize the portion of Antarctica closest to its territories in the south of the American continent.

With this expansionist goal in their sights, they began an unusual race to populate Antarctica with Argentina taking the first step by sending a woman to the place when she was 7 months pregnant. And that Argentine woman – the wife of a military captain – gave birth to Emilio Marcos Palma on January 7, 1978 at the Esperanza Base, in the extreme north of the Antarctic peninsula.

The reasoning of the Argentine leaders was that if they managed to register natural nationals on the white continent, that would give them a kind of preferential right over that land.

Apparently Chile thought the same thing, because a year later it sent a Chilean couple to Antarctica to start a family there. On November 21, 1984, Juan Pablo Camacho Martino was born at the Frei Montalva base and became the first Chilean born on Antarctic soil. But also, as the child was conceived there, Chile considered that it had an even stronger claim to that area of ​​Antarctica.

It was then that Argentina added another baby. And then Chile tied the score with another newborn. And Argentina again one up with the births. And Chile balancing with another birth. So for several years until they reached the 11 babies in Antarctica.

Fortunately, all the members of this procreation competition in Antarctica survived which, unsurprisingly, concluded with no winners or losers.

In 2021 the soil of the frozen continent continues without owners although it is monitored with the presence of scientists from Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom.

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