Capitán Pastene

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Capitán Pastene
Italian immigrants to Capitán Pastene in southern Chile
Italian immigrants to Capitán Pastene in southern Chile
Capitán Pastene is located in Chile
Capitán Pastene
Capitán Pastene
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 39°16′36″S 71°58′28″W / 39.27667°S 71.97444°W / -39.27667; -71.97444
Country  Chile
Region Araucanía
Province Malleco
Foundation 10 March 1904
 • Urban 2,600
Time zone CLT

Capitán Pastene is a town founded by Italian immigrants, located in the commune of Lumaco in the Araucanía 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.[1]

Settlers arrived from the northern 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.

Capitán Pastene has 2,600 inhabitants many of whom are descendents from that first group from Modena. It is estimated that throughout the region known as "Pastene", people with kinship ties to migrants from Modena number over 16,000. Including the Chileans of Modena descent[2] there are 800,000 Chileans of Italian ancestry, distant or close, including the Italian-Argentines transplanted to Chile.[3]

Currently,[when?] there is a considerable revival of Italian traditions in the region of Capitan Pastene.

Juan Bautista Pastene[edit]

Juan Bautista Pastene, after whom the town is named, was a Genoese maritime explorer. He was among the first to explore the Pacific in the sixteenth century. He 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[edit]

Capitán Pastene has been proposed to be nominated a comune of southern Chile and thus to be a twin city of Pavullo, a small town near Modena. Most of the original settlers were from Pavullo.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Story with detailed information on the "Nuova Italia" colony
  2. ^ L’Emigrazione Modenese
  3. ^ (Spanish) Italianos en Chile La colonización italiana en Chile, fragmentos de una travesía desde el norte de Italia a Valparaíso de Chile. Archived 10 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

Coordinates: 38°11′S 73°00′W / 38.183°S 73.000°W / -38.183; -73.000