New Book Highlights History of Portuguese in San Diego
Local authors document the history of area Portuguese through photographs
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.
The Portuguese Historical Center was established in 1977 by Basilio Frietas to preserve and capture Portuguese history for future generations to come. Displaying artifacts and archiving old photographs ensures San Diego’s Portuguese community will always be remembered.
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