Capelinhos, a Vulcano in the Azores

More than 60 years ago, the Capelinhos volcano.
There were no lives lost, but the fields and many houses were destroyed. Thanks to the Portuguese community of New England in the United States, thousands of people from Faial Islands – and from other islands – took advantage of the special emigration quota granted (by persistent diligence of state Congressman Joseph Perry Junior and Federal Senators John O. Pastore of Rhode Island , and John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, soon to be elected President of the United States) and sought to remake their lives in that country. On September 2, 1958, the “Azorean Refugee Act” was approved authorizing the granting of 1,500 visas.

 

Published on 14 June, 2019