|Founded||Founded c. 1979 in or near South Chicago|
Previously affiliated with People from 1981-1996 then independent from 1996-1997 before affiliating with Folks in 1997
2000 or later;
People Nation — 1980 – 1996;
|Colors||Black and White|
|Primary ethnicities||Latino (Mexican)|
|Symbols||Diamond and Dragon's Head|
Black and white diamond, black and white dragon head
The Latin Dragons began in the year 1979 at the intersection of 87th and Escanaba in the South Chicago neighborhood. The earliest opponent of the Dragons was gang called the Royal Knights that used to be a dominating group in the neighborhood. The Latin Dragons bonded with the Spanish Kings of South Chicago as both gangs fought the Royal Knights. Eventually a key member of the Spanish Kings joined the Latin Dragons and soon more Spanish Kings joined the Dragons. Some of the original members of the Very Mellow People gang would also flip to Latin Dragons which is really what gave the Dragons lots of steam in their early days.
In the year 1981, the Latin Dragons joined the People alliance alongside the Latin Counts.
By 1983 to 1984 new gangs from other neighborhoods began to grow into the South Chicago community like Latin Kings and Latin Counts that moved into the area and began growing quickly. The Spanish Gangster Disciples also began to grow significantly around this time causing Dragons and Disciples to have more conflict.
The Dragons eventually expanded to have turf at 88th and Buffalo and 90th and Houston. The Dragons expanded greatly to have turf from 83rd to 87th and Colfax to Commercial “Dragon Town.”
In the mid-1980s Mario took over as leader of the Dragons after the founder was killed during a drug deal that turned bad. In the year 1987 Mario was also killed in the same way during a drug deal that went bad leaving another legend to run the Dragons, 18-year-old Henry Garcia. Henry was a truly fearless warrior in the streets and was well respected.
Things would start to dramatically change for the Latin Dragons in the 1990s when disputes with Latin Kings began to heat up. South Chicago was crowded with People Nation gangs, especially after the SGDs were pretty much gone from 88th and Houston, there was not enough room for all of them in the same neighborhood. Latin Kings and Latin Counts were already at war since 1991, now the Latin Kings were pushing the Dragons around and the Dragons would not take it then the Dragons erupted into a vicious gang war with Latin Kings beginning in 1992. In the year 1995, the Dragons began to have friction with the Latin Counts. During this friction war began which led to the death of Henry Garcia. Henry was shot to death by Latin Counts as they shot him several times. Henry Garcia was 26 years old when he was killed and ran the Dragons for 8 years.
By 1996 the Latin Dragons dropped out of the People Nation alliance and began gunning for Latin Kings, Latin Counts, Black P. Stones and Spanish Vice Lords. The Dragons established a truce with the SGDs then joined the Folk Nation alliance in 1997 under the sponsorship of Ambrose because Ambrose and Dragons had some family ties.
The Latin Dragons really have not lost any turf over the years and viciously fight other gangs using whatever means necessary to retain their turf.
Please send in some pics from when Dragons were People nation!
- Who was the founder? What happened to him?
- What was the time line of leaders up to the year 2000?