2014 – H 8256

Enacted 05/29/14

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N


Introduced By: Representatives Melo, Silva, Tomasso, Nunes, and Fellela

Date Introduced: May 29, 2014


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 and 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, while 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 around 90,000, with the majority making their homes in the Providence and Bristol Counties; and 

WHEREAS, The Portuguese American population in Rhode Island is an active and vital part of our state. They have enriched and delighted our palates with fine restaurants that serve traditional Portuguese dishes, and they actively contribute to 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 thanks Rhode Island's Portuguese Community for the many contributions it has generously made to the enrichment of this state; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives hereby recognizes June 10, 2014, as the "Day of Portugal" in the State of Rhode Island. We join in the celebration of the 37th anniversary of this auspicious occasion; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island "Day of Portugal" Committee.