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History of Palafitos

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The first stilt houses were residences, inns and shops built on the coast, for the delivery of services during the logging boom in the late nineteenth century at the ports of Chiloé. In 1940, due to migration of man from the countryside to the city caused by a plague that affected the production of potato (local staple food), stilt houses existed in neighborhoods throughout the island. Peasant farmers were "taken" land to the sea, owned. Here you could fish or shellfish when the tide and at the same time, have a piece of land to cultivate. Nace, among others, the district palafitos Gamboa, one of the few survivors of the earthquake and tsunami of the 60s. Today, the neighborhood of stilt houses of Gamboa, where it housed Palafito 1326, Boutique Hotel, is a living heritage, icon of the wooden architecture of Chiloe and culture closely linked to land and sea.

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