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Twentieth-Century Arrivals from Portugal Settle in Newark, New Jersey

A significant concentration of Portuguese-Americans is also found in the New York City metropolitan area, with important clusters in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the suburban community of Yonkers in Westchester County, and the Long Island town of Mineola in Nassau County. The latter two communities had their beginnings in the 1920s, when textile workers moved from New Bedford and other southern New England industrial towns.

Another New York metropolitan area community, which has experienced some of the most recent Portuguese immigration, is the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. Although this cluster had its origins in the 1920s and 1930s, when southern New Englanders migrated here, these relocated Portuguese-Americans were joined by a large number of new arrivals from mainland Portugal, particularly from small fishing villages in the northern part of the country. By World War II, this new Portuguese community had an estimated population of 6,000, including the immigrants and their American-born children.


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