Portuguese Community of San Diego

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In a century's time, Portuguese explorers had discovered two-thirds of the world. In 1542, Joao Rodrigues Cabrilho uncovered the west coast of America when he sailed into a large bay sheltered by a beautiful peninsula that would someday be known as Point Loma. By the 20th century, a small group of Portuguese immigrants had settled in the La Playa area in pursuit of a life on the sea. They brought their unique traditions and folklore customs, built churches and halls, and celebrated with Holy Spirit Festas in the streets of their new homeland. Today 19,717 make up San Diego's Portuguese community, where many of them still live in Point Loma.
ISBN: 9780738570341
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 227
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The Portuguese Historical Center was established in 1977 by Basilio Frietas to preserve and capture Portuguese history for future generations to come. Displaying priceless artifacts and archiving old photographs ensures San Diego's Portuguese community will always be remembered. Author Donna Calhoun is a second-generation native to Point Loma. Graduating from Point Loma High school in 1981, she went on to receive her associate's degree in graphic arts at Platt College. Currently she is a director at the Portuguese Historical Center where she is assisting to archive the community's history.
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