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Old 02-08-2018, 12:33 PM
 
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My ancestors came from the Azores and settled in Fall River around 1950sh, relocated to Canton/Stoughton, and now most of them live in either Canton (6-7 families), Walpole (2 families), Randolph (2 families), Boston, Wellesley, Hingham, Stoughton, Braintree, Dover, Seekonk, Attleboro, Indianapolis IN, Orlando FL, Charlotte NC with 1 family each.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:26 PM
 
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Portuguese and Azoreans came mostly during the late 19th century, largely for whaling, and mostly settled in the New Bedford and Fall River areas. They also settled in large numbers in the East Bay of RI (East Providence and environs). That said, as is always the case with these kinds of things, they’re now all over the place in Eastern New England. French Canadians largely settled in Central MA and RI mill towns (though, again, they’re now all over the place). Later Portuguese speakers came from Cape Verde. And then there is Brazil �� Hope this helps.

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Old 02-13-2018, 08:10 PM
 
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Portuguese, many in Gloucester and Hudson, MA.
French Canadians would be Lowell, Fitchburg.
"French Canadians would be Lowell, Fitchburg."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kerouac

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Goulet
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:22 PM
 
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My French Canadian family comes from Lewiston. I think there are still many people with French Canadian heritage in the Lewiston area as well as southern Maine. Kennebunkport/Wells/Ogunquit attract many French Canadians in the summer
A couple of interesting Franco-Americans from Manchester, NH and Lewiston, ME

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rene_Gagnon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_LePage
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:24 PM
 
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There was a small Portuguese immigrant community in East Boston (and a large Italian community). St John the baptist Church was the Portuguese Roman Catholic parish (now closed).
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Old 02-14-2018, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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A couple of interesting Franco-Americans from Manchester, NH and Lewiston, ME

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rene_Gagnon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_LePage
I noticed a Franco-American hall in downtown Manchester near the arena when last there five years ago. I hope it's still there.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:16 AM
 
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There are pockets of Continental Portuguese in East Cambridge, Ludlow, MA., and Lowell.
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:25 PM
 
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As a Portugee myself, the areas I recall that had many Portuguese in the 60's and 70's were the Somerville, Cambridge area and the North Shore as well as the south coast are around Fall River, New Bedford, Dartmouth, Wareham, Provincetown. Today there is still a strong Portuguese influence in those areas but you are talking about 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation who are Portuguese in heritage only - my kids are 2nd generation Portuguese American and they know a few words and have a Portuguese last name.
Not really. I was in DeMello's Market on Cove Road in New Bedford Monday morning. I was the only native English-speaker in the building. I shop there frequently and that's pretty normal. I order at the fish counter in Portuguese to practice. There are lots of businesses in New Bedford where you have to be bi-lingual to get hired. My dad was a dentist/Oral Surgeon. He spoke advanced-level Portuguese and took a lot of vacations in Portugal and the Azores practicing. You're not going to get far covering the Emergency Room at St Luke's without some fluency. I know all the dental office phrases. LOL

Fall River is the same way. There are a ton of recent immigrants. The change over the last 20 years is it's now more like 50/50 Portuguese/Spanish with immigration.

In the 'burbs, yeah. Most people are 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation and only know a few phrases and the curse words. My girlfriend's mother had siblings born in Portugal. My girlfriend doesn't know much Portuguese considering she had aunts growing up who didn't speak much English. It was the whole melting pot dogma of the day.
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