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Old 11-12-2015, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I once knew a man from New England whose ancestors came from the Azores. He served as a deacon at my church before moving away.
I read than many Portuguese (including Cape Verdeans, once a Portuguese colony) settled in that part of the country. Do you still find enclaves where people speak Portuguese up there?
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:04 PM
 
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There are many Portuguese Americans in the New Bedford- Fall River area of MA. That includes areas along MA's general south shore such as Dartmouth, Westpoint, Seekonk.

The Portuguese also settled and can be found in the Providence, RI area and in many of its suburbs.
Also some in south east CT in the Pawcatuck area of Stonington, CT and into New London and Norwich CT areas.

There used to be a social club called the Cape Verdean Santiago Society in Norwich, CT dedicated to keeping the language & culture alive. I don't know how active it is any more.

There are many other Portuguese speakers in MA, CT & RI. However, they are Brazilians.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:41 PM
 
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Massachusetts has a lot of people with Portugese ancestry.

Florida, and particularly the Orlando area, has a large Brazilian community, and my own Brazilian friends there have a lot of Portugese ancestry.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:36 AM
 
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Massachusetts has a lot of people with Portugese ancestry.

Florida, and particularly the Orlando area, has a large Brazilian community, and my own Brazilian friends there have a lot of Portugese ancestry.
Miami metro also has a large Brazilian / Portuguese population as well.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:17 AM
 
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There is a large number of people that have Portuguese heritage (both the mainland and Azores) in Southeast Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island. Many of them are newer immigrants (as opposed to the Irish, Italians, and French Canadiens that came well before them) that have congregated together in enclaves and still talk Portuguese. There are many Portuguese churches, social clubs, and restaurants in this region. Many of the social clubs have soccer teams and their own bands and the clubs and churches still celebrate certain religious saints holidays. Some cities and towns with large Portuguese concentrations are New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Stoughton, and Somerset in MA and Pawtucket, East Providence, Bristol, and Cumberland in RI.

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Old 11-13-2015, 08:27 AM
 
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What Portuguese foods have become popular among the non-Portuguese population in these places?
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:32 AM
 
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As others have pointed out, the South Shore of Massachusetts and nearby areas of Rhode Island are by far the largest concentration of Lusophones in the U.S. In 2010, 46.7% of New Bedford's residents were Luso-American, with 33.8% from Portugal, 8.8% Cape Verdean, and the remaining 4.1% mostly from Brazil.

Another location on the east coast is the Ironbound neighborhood in Newark. The neighborhood is relatively isolated from the remainder of Newark, located in the far east of the city and surrounded by railroad tracks (hence the name). It was the only part of the City which did not experience white flight, with the local Portuguese population (who mostly came from the 1920s to the 1950s) staying put. Since then new immigrants have also come from Brazil and Cape Verde. There are four local Portuguese-language papers published in the neighborhood.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:50 AM
 
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What Portuguese foods have become popular among the non-Portuguese population in these places?

I am not of Portuguese descent so I really only know of the basic items that have become part of the general local cuisine. These include:

Chourico and linguica sausage - they are staples in area supermarkets and are even a topping offered at most pizza places (just like Italian Sausage).

Portuguese Kale soup

Portuguese Sweet Bread

Portuguese Fried Dough (Malassadas)

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Old 11-13-2015, 09:14 AM
 
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Did any people of Portuguese ancestry make it big in New England politics? Anyone who did had to break the "2I" (Irish & Italian) stranglehold.
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:38 AM
 
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Did any people of Portuguese ancestry make it big in New England politics? Anyone who did had to break the "2I" (Irish & Italian) stranglehold.
The current president of the Rhode Island senate is Portuguese.

In general though, Portuguese-Americans have had the most luck breaking through in California. My understanding is although today demographically a minor element, Portuguese Americans set up many of the Central Valley farms, becoming a local economic elite.

There has also historically been a strong Portuguese community in Hawaii, which is today around 4% Portuguese. Many people of Portuguese descent have begun to intermix with the other ethnic groups in Hawaii though - I do not think there are any ethnic enclaves to speak of.
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