Our Mission

To Research the Early American History
and the Portuguese settlements in North-America as well as other groups
directly or indirectly connected, who may have Portuguese ancestry.


The Forgotten Portuguese: ©
The Melungeons And Other Groups * Follow the Colorful and Revealing
History of The Portuguese in The Making of America by Manuel Mira


WHY ???. . . Accounts of early American history before the 17th century can be rather vague. The 15th and 16th centuries are often called the lost or forgotten centuries in American history. Many groups who settled here during that era have therefore been overlooked as contributors to the making of America.
A number of interested historians and researchers have recently formed an organization whose objective is to advance research in the history of early America.
The organization was founded on June 17, 1996, in Franklin, North Carolina in the midst of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The Foundation is specifically oriented to the history of early Portuguese settlements in America as well as other groups directly or indirectly connected with them.  The most prominent of these groups are the Melungeons, who, according to oral tradition of many generations, have claimed Portuguese ancestry.
Our first goal of placing the book "The Forgotten Portuguese" in all major Universities has been achieved with the help of the Luso-American Foundation for Development. The second goal is to place our book in as many Public Libraries as possible in order to encourage the study of the presence of early settlers who came from Portugal or any of the lands discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries. This can be accomplished immediately with the help of our Members. A contribution of only $15.00 will enable the Foundation to send a book to a Library selected by the Member and in their name. Also planned in the context of the Portuguese connection, is the funding of research initiatives leading to the publication of documents and books in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and linguistics.  The Foundation’s efforts will focus on the S.E. United States, the area first explored and settled by newcomers from Europe, Africa, and Asia. This region is rich with history, tradition, and archaeological sites awaiting excavation and further research.



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  • Without your support we cannot continue our work to research, educate and archive information concerning the Portuguese and related groups. All donations are tax deductible. PAHR Foundation is a federally recognized 501c3 non-profit organization.
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  • Non-Profit organization incorporated under the laws of North Carolina.
    Dedicated to the Research of Early American History and the Portuguese Making of America. 501 (c) (3)


  • Updated:
    November 18, 2011