La Dehesa is a suburban neighborhood in Lo Barnechea Commune of Santiago, Chile. It borders Las Condes to the south and Vitacura to the east. It is located in a valley near the Andes, in the northeast of the city, north of the Mapocho River. La Dehesa is known as one of Chile's most affluent neighborhoods.
It is believed that the first human group to be discovered here were mainly hunter–gatherer nomads .They came in search of guanacos; they arrived in Santiago in approximately 10,000 BC. Around the year 800 BC, the area became inhabited along the shores of the Mapocho River, representing the first sedentary population, which resulted from the establishment of farming communities and the auchenids' domestication. The area was controlled by the Inca and by the Spanish during the seventeenth century. The Spanish were still in control of the area in the early 1800s Bernardo O'Higgins helped to win its independence from that empire in 1810.
In 1964 there was discovery of important archeological materials in La Dehesa, some of the most important of which were five tembetás, Aconcagua salmón and a fragmented pipe of Mapuche origin. During construction several archaeological deposits were detected with finds linked to the Bato Tradition, evidence that aboriginals previously inhabited the location.
During the 2000s the zone became home to the most affluent neighborhood in Santiago, containing big houses with neo–Georgian architectural style. Its schools, such as the Santiago College or Nido de Aguilas, are well ranked.
One famous La Dehesa native is the animator Mario Kreutzberger, most commonly known under the stage name Don Francisco in America, and who has hosted Sábado Gigante since 1962. The following is a list of some of the most famous people that are known to have lived in La Dehesa.
- Superficial Recolection's word of La Dehesa de Lo Barnechea. Proceedings of the III International congress of Chilean archeology pp:183-185. Viña del Mar
- In the word of superficial recollections in the paddock B of La Dehesa
- The Bato groups occupied the current zone of La Dehesa.
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