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Re: Portuguese of 17th Century Virginia
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It was the whaling industry that brought portugue speaking west africans from the west coast of africa to america in the 1700's-1900's. also, portugue speaking africans from cape verde to america. American whaling ships frequent the Azores in the 18th century, hunting sperm whale and recruited african speaking portugues as sailors, harpooners and other positions as members of the crew. In virginia, whale oil was used to light the lamps for a short period of time, it was very expensive. african speaking portugue including mullatoe speaking portugue were sold into slavery, and some were sold into slavery to virginia by slave traders, that were sailing ships owned by a jewish man named aaron lopez, sold a lot of african speaking portugue to virginia. aaron lopez founded the sperm whale oil industry in america in the 1700's, he owned 30 ships. He got his portugue crew from the azores which was also part of portugal, he operated out of bedford massahussets. other jews also, had ships. heres some of the names of the ships. abigail, owned by aaron lopez, crown, by issac levy,nathan simpson, nassau, by moses levy, four sisters, by moses levy, hester,by mordecai, antiqua, by nathan marston. see these sites: http://www.umassed.edu/special/programs/cabeverde/whale.htm http://home.comcast.net/~osoono/history.htm www.all about glass.org/modules http:www.library.csustan.cdo/bsantos/migrat.html and if you have problems just google: whale oil portugue or whale oil aaron lopez, whale oil african slaves etc. you will find it.
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