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A French Chilean is an Chilean citizen of full or partial French ancestry. Between 1850 and 1950, 25,000 to 30,000 French people immigrated to Chile. The country received the fourth largest amount of French immigrants to South America after Argentina , Brazil and Uruguay .
The French came to Chile in the 18th century, arriving at Concepcion as merchants, and in the mid-19th century to cultivate vines in the haciendas of the Central Valley, the homebase of world-famous Chilean wine. The Araucania Region also has an important number of people of French ancestry, as the area hosted settlers arrived by the second half of the 19th century as farmers and shopkeepers. With akin Latin culture, the French immigrants quickly assimilated into mainstream Chilean society.
From 1850 to 1950, around 25,000 Frenchmen immigrated to Chile. 80% of them were coming from Southwestern France, especially from Basses-Pyrenees (Basque country and Bearn), Gironde, Charente-Inferieure and Charente and regions situated between Gers and Dordogne.
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