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Pulperia was the name given to company stores and dining facilities in parts of South America, notably in the industries that extracted sodium nitrate from caliche deposits between 1850 and 1930 in Northern Chile in the current regions of Tarapaca and Antofagasta. The term was used, however, even in the Spanish colonial period and restaurants originally serving as workers' canteens known as pulperias can still be found in Buenos Aires and other places. This article focuses primarily on the term's usage in remote mining sites.


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