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Capitan Pastene

Capitan Pastene is a town formed by Italian immigrants, located in the commune of Lumaco in the Araucania Region of Chile.


Several houses recall the days of the earliest settlers of the 87 families, with nearly 770 members, who arrived in 1904 and 1905 from Modena in two successive migrations to focus initially on agriculture and forestry work.

Settlers arrived from the north Italian region of Emilia Romagna (Bologna and major cities such as Modena) and left a generation of Italo-Chilean that lasts to this day, which has contributed to enriching the local culture.

Now Capitan Pastene has 2.600 inhabitants many of whom are descendents from that first group from Modena. But it is estimated that throughout the region known as "Pastene", the people with kinship ties with emigrants from Modena are over 16,000. Indeed, the chileans of modena descent are to be included between 800,000 Chileans of Italian ancestry (distant or close), including the Italian-Argentine transplanted in Chile. Italianos en Chile La colonizacion italiana en Chile, fragmentos de una travesia desde el norte de Italia a Valparaiso de Chile.

Actually there it is a huge revival of Italian traditions in the region of Capitan Pastene.

Juan Bautista Pastene

Juan Bautista Pastene, for whom the town is called Capitan Pastene, was a Genoese maritime explorer, was among the first to explore the Pacific in the sixteenth century. It appears as a lieutenant of Pedro de Valdivia and when King Charles V ordered the exploration of southern Chile, this task was entrusted to Pastene.

Twin cities

Capitan Pastene has been proposed to be nominated "comune" of southern Chile and so be a twin city of Pavullo, a small town near Modena. From Pavullo moved most of the original settlers.

See Also

Italian Chilean

Italian people

Italian diaspora

Juan Bautista Pastene

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