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2021-06-25 at 18h30

Speech by the Prime Minister at the 37th Annual Heritage Day of Portugal Celebration

Massachusetts was where the Mayflower pilgrims first landed. In the following centuries, many Portuguese arrived on the same shores in search of a land of opportunity in which to develop their life projects.

In fact, the Portuguese presence in New England precedes the very independence of the United States. It then expanded and reinvented itself throughout the centuries, accompanying the economic and scientific development of the United States. 

The Portuguese Community in Massachusetts is estimated at around three hundred thousand Portuguese and Portuguese descendants. It is one of the oldest and most dynamic Portuguese communities in the United States. Today, the Portuguese and Portuguese-Americans play an increasing role in the private sector, in universities, in scientific institutions and in politics.

They are the living bridge between Portugal and Massachusetts. Just like the Azorean islands, from where many in the Community have their roots, connect the European and the American continents.

I congratulate the Portuguese Diaspora for all it has achieved in Massachusetts. The Portuguese never shy away from a challenge and I welcome the Community’s active role in all areas of Massachusetts society. 

Read the full speech attached below.