Cape Verde’s Long History of Migration

September 12, 2015

In the early 20th century, the first Cape Verdean migrants to New England had found passage on the American whaling ships. Like other immigrant groups, they assimilated into American culture but never lost their sense of community.

The first picture is of migrants arriving Ellis Island in New York in 1914. The second picture is of merchant marines on a whaling vessel in Massachusetts. The third is of ”Associacão Beneficiente Caboverdiana,” a fraternal order of prominent Cape Verdeans in New Bedford incorporated in 1917 to help arriving migrants integrate into American society.


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