Boise is home to one of the largest population of Basques outside of the Basque homeland or Euskalherria. The immigration of Basque individuals, mostly men, occurred during the eclipse of the nineteenth century following the 1848 California gold rush and the expansion of the western territories. California's, Nevada's, and Idaho's climate and topography reminded many Basques of their homeland. Areas in the Basque country such as the Cantabrian Range and Pyrenees Mountains resembled the topography of the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains. Basques were able to quickly adapt to their new environment and many found steady work as sheepherders and ranch hands. Word quickly spread about opportunities for work in America and soon sons followed their father and friends moved with friends. The Basques add much to Boise's dynamic culture and rich immigration history.
Boise's Basque block is centered in the heart of BODO.
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