2009 -- H 6258

Enacted 06/10/09



H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Representatives Melo, Silva, A Rice, DaSilva, and San Bento

     Date Introduced: June 10, 2009




     WHEREAS, June 10th marks the anniversary of the death of Luis Camoes, a gifted and

renowned Portuguese poet. The day is now celebrated around the world as the "National Day of

Portugal"; and

     WHEREAS, Rhode Island's large and significant Portuguese population has made

substantial contributions to all aspects of the state's history as well as being valuable contributors

to Rhode Island's rich cultural diversity; and

     WHEREAS, Between 1830 and 1860, whaling ships from Bristol, Newport, New

Bedford and Fall River traveled to the Azores where they often took on Portuguese sailors. Many

of these sailors traveled back to New England, settling in Providence, Pawtucket and East

Providence. They frequently took on work in the textile mills, which were abundant in the area at

the time, others became farmers in Little Compton and Portsmouth; and

     WHEREAS, The main goal for the Portuguese people coming to Rhode Island and the

United States was economic betterment, but like the Irish and Italians, the Portuguese people all

too often suffered discrimination and exploitation in employment. Through perseverance and an

indomitable work ethic they carved a future for themselves and their families; and

     WHEREAS, The number of Portuguese people who currently reside in Rhode Island is

more than 90,000, with the majority making their homes in Providence County, as well as Bristol

and Newport County; and

     WHEREAS, The Portuguese American population in Rhode Island is an active and vital

part of our state. They have enriched and delighted our palettes with fine restaurants that serve

traditional Portuguese dishes. They actively contribute and participate in all areas of the

community through various businesses, artistic contributions, volunteerism, politics and

patriotism; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby recognizes Rhode Island's Portuguese Community for the myriad

of contributions they have generously made to the enrichment of this state; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives hereby proclaims June 10, 2009 as

"Day of Portugal" in the State of Rhode Island; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island "Day of Portugal" Committee.