170th anniversary of the arrival of the first Portuguese immigrants


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From the original families and those subsequent immigrants, Portuguese culture has become a part of Bermuda’s cultural fabric.

4th November 2019 will mark the 170th anniversary of the arrival of Portuguese immigrants in Bermuda. Honourable Members will be aware that those first immigrants arrived from Madeira aboard the vessel the Golden Rule on 4th November 1849. After a 21-day voyage, 35 men, 16 women and 7 children arrived to work principally as farm labourers.

Although these first immigrants were from Madeira, subsequently, the majority of Portuguese immigrants would come primarily from the Azores.

Bermudians of Portuguese heritage have made considerable contributions to the Island. Every aspect of Bermudian life – from politics and public service, to sport, entertainment and industry has been influenced by their participation in our community.

With the approval of the Cabinet I have confirmed with the Governor that he will, by proclamation, declare 4th November 2019 a public holiday to mark this 170th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Portuguese immigrants in Bermuda.”

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