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In November, 1895, 98 families left northern Italy for the United States. They had been recruited to work at the Sunnyside Settlement, a cotton plantation in Chicot County, Arkansas. A second group of 72 families left Italy in December, 1896. After many deaths at the plantation, due mostly to malaria and other diseases, the groups decided to leave as soon as their two-year contract ended. Unable to agree on one destination, the groups split, with most going to either Tontitown, Arkansas or Rosati (formerly Knobview), Missouri. The first Italians arrived at Rosati in January, 1898.
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