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History in Context


The 1880 U.S. Census found 5,419 Chinese living in Nevada ‒ 8.7% of the total population of the state at that time.


In the Courts



In 1884, the Supreme Court of Nevada decided in Fook Long v. C. S. Preble that a Chinese man was a person within the meaning of the state's laws and therefore was entitled to buy public land in the state. This was one of the few legal victories for Chinese immigrants in the 19th century.


Note: City locations on this map are approximate. Some of the distances between cities have been exaggerated in order to prevent overlapping names. Click on a place name to learn about what happened there.



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