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View Poll Results: Places you've noticed have a palpable Portuguese, Azorean, and Brazilian presence
Rhode Island 3 13.04%
Massachusetts 6 26.09%
New York City 1 4.35%
New Jersey 6 26.09%
Washington DC/MD/NoVA 0 0%
Atlanta 2 8.70%
South Florida 1 4.35%
Los Angeles/So Cal 1 4.35%
SF Bay Area 1 4.35%
Hawaii 0 0%
Toronto 1 4.35%
Montreal 0 0%
Vancouver 0 0%
Somewhere else 1 4.35%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 03-11-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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I'd like to start a thread discussion on areas of the US & Canada with a large historical and influential Portuguese presence, also Azoreans, and more recently evolving Brazilian communities. I linked Brazilian and Portuguese together as Brazilians naturally have gravitated to places with a strong Portuguese presence as they share a common language. Here is some criteria to discuss and add anything relevant to the topic.

Best Portuguese food
Best Brazilian food
Communities where Portuguese, Azoreans, Brazilians (and or all of the above) have a large presence.
Communities with a large fishing and nautical base linked to Portuguese heritage.
Cultural impacts that Brazilian immigrants have made on some communities.

here is some info on wiki....
Portuguese American - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brazilian American - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 03-11-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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This question is all over the place, and you don't allow for multiple responses.

Portuguese are most found in MA, RI, CT and NJ, around Newark, and to a dwindling extent, in California's Central Valley, where the little towns take turns putting on festas during the summer. Part of the proof lies in the fact that TAP (the Portuguese airline) ONLY flies from Newark.

Brazilians have started to go everywhere, but they are big in South Florida and now in Atlanta.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:19 AM
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Massachusetts is the most obvious, and probably the most well-known because of Emeril, lol, but we have long had a significant Portuguese community in Newark, NJ, in the area known as The Ironbound (because it's surrounded by train tracks). People who wouldn't set foot in other parts of Newark flock to the Ironbound because of the Portuguese restaurants. Lots of Brazilians have moved into the Ironbound in recent years.

There is now also a significant Brazilian population in Long Branch, NJ, one of the first seaside resorts and once a summer hangout for NY mobsters.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:23 AM
 
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I've read that Gloucester, Massachusetts has a lot of people with ancestors from the Azores.

I have noticed a fair number of Brazilian flags and signs in Portuguese in parts of Houtson, Texas.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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There was once a large Portuguese community in the Jingletown neighborhood of Oakland, IDK about present day.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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There was once a large Portuguese community in the Jingletown neighborhood of Oakland, IDK about present day.
Also in Fremont, Newark (CA) and Milpitas, if not San Jose proper.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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People who wouldn't set foot in other parts of Newark flock to the Ironbound because of the Portuguese restaurants. Lots of Brazilians have moved into the Ironbound in recent years.
Never had a bad meal in a Portuguese restaurant in Portugal, but trying to define Portuguese cuisine, for a non-Portuguese, is hard.

Do the Brazilians and the Portuguese like each other? This really tacky lady (too much jewelry) from Recife, Brazil was on the train next to me in Portugal and we talked quite a bit. She said "Nos Brasileiros temos mala fama aqui." I think I'm close with the spelling, but I got the idea, and the fact that these two peoples only share a language. Their temperments are so different.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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I've read that Gloucester, Massachusetts has a lot of people with ancestors from the Azores.
Gloucester does indeed have a strong Portuguese and Azorean presence. They've been there for a long time drawn by nautical and fishing industries. One of my favorite restaurants in all of Mass. is the Azorean in Gloucester, a wonderful representation of Portuguese and Azorean cuisine with divine seafood.
Azorean Restaurant and Bar

Fall River and New Bedford on the South Coast of Mass, along with Provincetown on Cape Cod (all towns rooted in the fishing industry) have large Portuguese communities, and Fall River has the largest Azorean community outside of the Azores themselves. Anthony Bourdain did a show on the Azores, they look wonderful. He also did a stop in Fall River to meet with some Azoreans residing there.
http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-show...sodes/azores-1

Nearby Providence RI has a huge Portuguese and Brazilian community.

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Old 03-11-2012, 12:04 PM
 
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Fall River
THIS is the first place that comes to my mind when I think of the Portuguese in America.

We had some, not many, Portuguese and Brazilians in the LA area when I was growing up. All of the Portuguese were reserved and laid-back, at least compared to the Italians. The Brazilians were rowdy, in comparison.
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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Eastern Mass, definitely. When I lived in Allston, my girl (who is Brasilian) could speak Portuguese exclusively if she wanted to. We had a Brasilian bakery, pizzeria, cafe, market, wiring agency, church, and welcome center all within a couple of blocks of our apartment. My former coworker (whose best friend is originally from São Paulo) told me in Everett there's a "Little Brasil", which is filled with restaurants, businesses, etc.

Another major Portuguese-oriented population is Cape Verdeans, which are prevalent in Eastern Mass and Rhode Island.

Statistically, I believe Massachusetts and Rhode Island (combined) have the largest Portuguese population in the country...Massachusetts has the largest Brasilian population (with something like 330,000 legal and illegal total) and Cape Verdean population too. I can't find much on Azorean people.
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