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The future awaiting South America is greater than that of its North American twin brother.

Then likeness of humanity will be harmoniously perfected in the paradises of South America. A happy people will inhabit this place, resting from conflict and wrong. And from these roots of a society strengthened by trials will arise the crowing glory of a moral and superior manifestation of humankind, which will go forth and settle the far ends of the earth.

In the plateaus and valleys across the full length of the Andes, one finds regions that provide the settler with a healthy Alpine climate, but these lack all the other conditions for readily earning one’s livelihood and free development. I consider locating a German colony beyond the 38th parallel to be dangerous, except in the southern provinces of Chile and in the pampas of La Plata.

Some may be suited to working in tropical regions, and trade colonies may flourish. But as a tiller of the soil who is at the mercy of the elements, the German may only go beyond the temperate zones with extreme care.
He must begin where he can breathe the same air as in his fatherland, where he may cultivate the food of his homeland, where a similar landscape consoles the memory of the home he left behind.

The German plant will not flourish where the palm grows.
There remains only one country, the free state of Chile, where we can search for—and as I hope also find—opportunities for the establishment of German colonies.

Carl Alexander Simon, 1849: "The Emigration of Democrats and Proletarians, and the National German Colonization of the Free South American State of Chile"