The day after the President of the Azores Vasco Alves Cordeiro visited Fresno State University in Fresno, California, earlier this year, he announced the creation of the Azorean Diaspora Council, which aims to register all Azoreans living abroad and create a system allowing participation in the region’s politics through representatives.
As a natural stop for trans-Atlantic voyages, it was commonplace for the Portuguese population of the Azores to spread around the world. They began arriving in California on whaling ships before the gold rush and continue to migrate to this day. Many Azoreans maintain close connections to their ancestral home and thousands return to visit each year.
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