NORTH NAPLES, Fla. - Southwest Florida's Chilean community watched the dramatic rescue of 33 trapped miners along with the rest of the world. Dozens of Latin Americans were glued to the television at a local Chilean restaurant.
"When you are here you say oh Chile it is so far, but when this moment you're so attached," said Chilean American, Irma Todino.
Todino has lived in America for 25 years. On Wednesday, she watched her fellow Chileans make history at the Latin Bakery in North Naples.
"Now everybody gonna know where is Chile," said Todino.
Chilean pride ran deep across the community, even with teenagers.
"I got on the bus and had the news on and they started singing on the bus," said 15-year-old Chilean American Francisco Cassina.
But, its wasn't just Chileans who supported the miners, it was the entire world, especially Latin Americans.
"Being Latin its a big thing, Its never happened before," said customer Ramon Pineda.
"I got emotional," said customer Juan Fraga.
Everyone at the restaurant had a difficult time fathoming how 33 miners survived in a dungeon for two months.
"I can not imagine," said Pineda. "I get crazy thinking about it."
"I don't know how they survived even two months down there, I couldn't do it," said customer Sylvia Ieurbureo.
This amazing piece of new Latin history is now also a new piece of Latin pride.