History of the Lusophone Americans in Newark, New Jersey
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The city of Newark, New Jersey includes a large Portuguese-speaking population. Newark has been nicknamed "Little Portugal" due to its large number of Portuguese-speaking and Portuguese-descended people. Most Lusophone Americans in Newark live in the working-class neighborhood of Ironbound.[1] In addition to immigrants from Portugal, Newark also has a large population of immigrants from Brazil and Cape Verde and to a lesser extent Angola.


The first Portuguese immigrants to Newark came during the early 1900s and the greatest influx of Portuguese was during the 1950s. Today there is very little immigration from Portugal. Now, most Lusophone immigrants arrive from Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa, especially Cape Verde. Other places of origin include Mozambique and Galicia, a region of Spain with a language that is related to Portuguese.[2]


In 1995, there were 30,000 Portuguese-Americans living in Newark.[3]

2000 Census data showed that Newark had 15,801 residents of Portuguese ancestry (5.8% of the population), while an additional 5,805 (2.1% of the total) were of Brazilian ancestry.[4]

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