I have just received the link from a friend. Very well put together site. Very informative. I'll continue to check back for updated information. Good job.
Jorge DaCosta Interface Analyst Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Irvington General Hospital
Hello, I'm a descendant of the Portuguese community of Malacca where until today there existed a cultural heritage so alive, which dates back to the 16th. century during the Portuguese rule in Malacca.
I have written a book on the discovery of the Portuguese settlement in Malacca titled " Where Do We Go From Here" and my late brother had also written a book on the story of the Malacca Portuguese community. I will be pleased to send you a copy for your library of these books. Please indicate your postal address and I shall send you the books.
I am interested to buy a copy of the Portuguese making of America by Manuel Mira. Please tell me if I can make an order from you. Send my best wishes to Manuel Mira.
Joseph Sta Maria
Hello, I have just about finished your book, The Forgotten Portuguese. I want to thank you for writing this book. You helped me to solve a mystery that goes back 5 generations. Five years ago, my father who was in perfect health, or so I thought, died from Amyloidosis. We were devastated as well as puzzled. Why would a disease such as this pop up out of nowhere? No one else had this, or so we thought. After three years of extensive research on this, I found that my grandmother was hiding a big secret from the surviving family members. My father and his sister were not the legitimate children of the man we called our grand-father. My grandmother, a Melungeon from Virginia with Scotch-Irish Indian roots, was suppose to marry Raul, a Portuguese emigrant. He became sick with T.B. right before my father was born in 1934. She then married another man in hopes that no one would know about her illegitimate child. It did not work and everyone knew this because of the way my dad looked. Two years later there was another child born, my aunt. She looked just like my dad. To keep this all hidden for race, she had "black" put on their birth certificates. Recently, we have all been experiencing symptoms of FMF--Familial Mediterranean Fever. Had we not read this book, or looked at the websites of Dr. Brent Kennedy or Nancy Sparks Morris, someone else would have suffered the same fate as my father. We really appreciate the information given to us and the support from the Portuguese community. We always knew we were different, because we did not look black, and we did not look white either, and all through growing up I was treated unfairly by blacks and whites because of how I looked and my skin color. I am now proud of my Portuguese Heritage. I am learning more and more about it. We have hired someone to find my grand-father. We want to know our proper Portuguese surname. Thanks so much for this valuable information.
Hello, I am pleased to learn about your organization and your current research activities. I think your research is needed, so that we can better understand our history and our presence in North America.
I would like to urge you to think about the language you use to present your findings. (I haven't read The Forgotten Portuguese yet.) I worry that this type of research can overshadow the nations of people who were already here. The Portuguese presence here can be better described as an encounter and not a discovery. How can we discover a land that was already inhabited? Please be careful how you present your data, because indigenous groups already resided here. Let's talk about the encounter, cultural contact, and what transpired after that. I strongly believe that truthful words can transform the world. Let's begin with truth. Best wishes,
Maria Jose Botelho
Doctoral Student in The Language, Literacy and Culture Program
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Thank you for your email and your comments. We apologize for the delay in responding. The amount of correspondence we receive is just overwhelming.
Yes, we agree with you, the term Discovery should not be used loosely and yes we recommend that you read "The Forgotten Portuguese." This book is one of the few books that gives credit to the natives, not only in North America, but in other parts of the world that the Portuguese visited during the so called "Period of the Discoveries." It was with the participation of the natives and mostly women that the pioneers were able to survive and build new communities.
Since you're apparently concerned with the native Americans, and are presently associated with an institution of higher learning, we would encourage you to promote the study of early American History, that according to English written history started with Jamestown in 1607. This is what our Foundation has been trying to do with the publication of "The Forgotten Portuguese" and two more books in the next two months. As for the word "Discovery," we did not invent it; it has been used for many centuries by others, correct or not. It also means: "To get knowledge of," and probably that is the true meaning. Since you are a Doctoral Student in the Language, Literacy and Culture Program, maybe you can enlighten us with more knowledge and the truth. We need a new approach and fresh ideas and we welcome you with open arms.
Thank you for all the information on this web page. I am Portuguese, and from the U.S.A. I am searching for Q&A on What ethnic group Portuguese is in? I look at my skin and don't see white, I see olive skin, just like all Latin groups. I have read lots of books and my favorite one was The Great Navigator. I also look for programs on TV about Portuguese; I have not seen any and I would hope some day soon they would make one so that Americans would know how much of an impact that Portuguese had on the world. I think that Latinos would become the majority if not now, in years to come. Thank you for reading this letter.