Through hard work and determination, many immigrant communities have contributed to their host countries by adding cultural vibrancy and displaying an ethic of hard work and business acumen. In Victorian England Carlo Gatti was one such immigrant.
Carlo Gatti was born in 1817 in the Blenio Alpine Valley in Italian-speaking Switzerland. It was a poor, isolated area whose male inhabitants couldn’t wait to leave and find work in the newly-industrialised Europe.
Gatti was no exception. Initially, he seemed to lack ambition; he was not a scholar and often played truant. After a terrible beating at school Gatti never returned. Instead he walked to Paris, a journey of 600 miles, where his father had established a chestnut business.