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Adalino CabralAdalino Cabral, Ph.D. Portuguese, Hispanic and American Cultures and Languages Educator Boston area
Portuguese presence in the United States of America has a long history much of which has yet to be unfolded. Unless courageous researchers take the bull by the horns our past will fade into obscurity thereby forever shadowing the untold truth. Fortunately, because of Manuel Mira's remarkable thirst for knowledge coupled with a tremendous appetite for historical revelation, we are now blessed with his English version of The Portuguese Making of America a very important contribution to Appalachia's Melungeon population. The powerful book is not only a tribute to the many whose Portuguese roots have been lost in the annals of time, but equally a historical instrument which serves to trigger further study by researchers at the local, national, and international levels.
Manuel Mira is to be congratulated for finally bringing to fruition The Portuguese Making of America. It is indeed, a most significant entry into the everlasting annals of Portuguese-American and Canadian history.