R 358
2015 -- H 6281
Enacted 06/04/2015

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Melo, Marshall, Mattiello, DeSimone, and Newberry
Date Introduced: June 04, 2015

     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
more than 90,000, with the majority making their homes in the Providence and Bristol Counties;
     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, 2015, as the
"Day of Portugal" in the State of Rhode Island. We join in the celebration of the 38th 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.