The territory of Chile has been populated since at least BC. By the 16th century, Spanish .. Although never president, Diego Portales dominated Chilean politics from the cabinet and behind the scenes from to He installed the. Rediscovering the Chile-California Connection Edward Dallam Melillo And since neither Ecuador nor Colombia has a fleet, Chile will dominate from the Strait. Argentina and Chile, – Carl Solberg. Novión The national middle class suffers because foreigners dominate industry, commerce, and mining.