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The Portuguese Making of America : Melungeons and Early Settlers of America Paperback – March 28, 2001

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About the Author

Manuel Mira was born in Portugal and lives in the Appalachians. His research has brought to light for the first time some of the missing pieces in the Melungeon puzzle. His work also presents several aspects of American and Portuguese history. The author has lived for extensive periods of time in three continents. This has given him considerable knowledge of the different groups of people with whom the Portuguese have integrated. His love for history and deep interest in social and community affairs gave him an opportunity to compile many years of experience and research into a book that will be a welcome addition to any library. Manuel Mira married to Lurdes for over 40 years, have a son and daughter and six beautiful grandchildren. Manuel is also the Chairman of an electronic manufacturing firm and as a hobby writes for Portuguese newspapers.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: P.A.H.R. Foundation (March 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965892719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965892711
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,763,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Evaristo on November 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm not a writer and I'm not a scholar...all I am is the daughter of two Portuguese immigrants. I never knew the history of Portugal until I read this book and I found myself in tears many times when reading this beautiful book about my wonderfully courageous people. It hurts me to read this book and know that no one acknowledges the Portuguese and their impact on the world. I guess because we are a small insignificant country we are not allowed to be the first people to find the new world. Well, when I have kids they will learn the truth about "Columbus". My children will know that their ancestors were the real Columbus'.
I recommend this book be read by all Portuguese living in America who were products of Portuguese immigrants. I will never be ashamed of who I am and where I came from..Thank you Mr. Mira for writing about this and trying to let the world know the truth about the Melungeons.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Monique Marie Vallance on November 21, 2003
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I am a PhD student in Portuguese history, and also the daughter of Azorean immigrants, and I have to say that I found this book lacking in any real historical work. The main thesis of the author is that the Mellungians have descended from Portuguese immigrants who inter-married with this tribe. His only evidence is to show pictures of Portuguese people and then compare them to pictures of Mellungians, hoping to show that similarities in facial features will prove his thesis. If you are looking for a book on Portuguese History, buy a History of Portugal by A.H. Oliveira Marques. It's much better. The author of this book is not even a historian.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By margaret e haverfield on October 23, 2013
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Do you love a good mystery? This book has three chapters on Melungeons and an eight page list of Appalachian surnames and their Portuguese counterparts. The rest of the book gives a lot of Portuguese history which might be or not be correct . Some people have disputed the correctness of the books history,accounts and facts.
My dna test shows that I do have Portuguese blood and Moorish blood. I have never been told that I had relatives of these extractions. I have not found any relatives who were Portuguese or Moors. There are Portuguese who match my mitrochondrial dna My family comes from Virginia , Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, South Carolina and Georgia.
I have no way of knowing if this book is right or wrong about Melungeons or anything else , but it is a very interesting book.
You will be presented facts and then you conclude based on the facts presented.
I found this book to be good and entertaining reading on both the Portuguese and the Melongeons.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe on December 21, 2012
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This book had amazing research and it confirmed what many people already stated about the Melungeon people. DNA now has confirmed the Portuguesse and Melungeon connection also.
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