A monster in Chile

Relacao de hum Monstruo prodigioso, que appareceo no Reyno de Chile entre os montes, que dividem este Reino das dilatadas Provoncias de Tucman, e Paraguai, ou do Rio da Prata, que sao confinantes com o Brazil. Lisbon, Miguel Manescal da Costa, 1751. unbound. 4to, 16 pp., with a title-woodcut depicting the monster

Very rare, amusing description, in Portuguese, of an organized hunt for a monster, which appeared to the terrified hunters as a conglomeration of prehistoric brutes. The narrative contains a very interesting description of some of the lonely districts of Chile, where some Spanish travellers were enticed to the monster’s cave by a strange light, which, they subsequently discovered, emanated from the animal’s head.