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Strangers On Familiar SoilRediscovering the Chile-California Connection$
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Edward Dallam Melillo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300206623

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300206623.001.0001

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Chilecito and Spanishtown

Chilecito and Spanishtown

(p.47) 3 Chilecito and Spanishtown
Strangers On Familiar Soil

Edward Dallam Melillo

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the communities known as Chilecito (Little Chile) and Spanishtown formed by Latin American immigrants in the nineteenth century. These sites were once focal points of the extensive Chilean presence in Northern California. During the summer of 1849, Little Chile became crucible of interethnic conflict when a Yankee mob known as the Hounds ransacked the neighborhood, robbing, raping, and killing many of its residents. The attack exemplified nativist aggression and presaged the violent reception that Chileans encountered in California's mining regions, Chilecito and neighboring Chinatown also became the heart of San Francisco's sex-work district, forecasting later trends in the city's sexual geography.

Keywords:   Chile, California, Chilecito, Spanishtown, race relations, Chinatown, sex work, Hounds

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