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Strangers On Familiar Soil: Rediscovering the Chile-California Connection

Edward Dallam Melillo


This history explores the many unrecognized, enduring linkages between the state of California and the country of Chile. The book begins in 1786, when a French expedition brought the potato from Chile to California, and it concludes with Chilean president Michelle Bachelet's diplomatic visit to the Golden State in 2008. During the intervening centuries, new crops, foods, fertilizers, mining technologies, laborers, and ideas from Chile radically altered California's development. In turn, Californian systems of servitude, exotic species, educational programs, and capitalist development strategie ... More

Keywords: California, Chile, Michelle Bachelet, Golden State, Chilean history, South America, North America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300206623
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300206623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Dallam Melillo, author
Amherst College