How Italian Immigrants Came to New England

How Italian Immigrants Came to New England

New England Historical Society, “How Italian Immigrants Came to New England,” 2019. “Italian immigrants put their stamp on New England as indelibly as any Puritan. New England, in fact, is the most Italian region in the United States.”

How Portuguese Immigrants Came to New England

How Portuguese Immigrants Came to New England

New England Historical Society, “How Portuguese Immigrants Came to New England,” 2019. “Two great waves of Portuguese immigration gave Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island the densest concentration of people with ancestry from Portugal, including the Azores and Cape Verde.”

Providence once ‘Ellis Island’ to Southern New England

Providence once ‘Ellis Island’ to Southern New England

Joe Kernan, “Providence once ‘Ellis Island’ to Southern New England,” Cranston Herald, January 22, 2014. “In an era when immigration was at its peak, the Fabre Line offered the only transatlantic route to southern New England. One of its most important ports was in Providence, Rhode Island. Nearly eighty-four thousand immigrants were admitted to the country between the years 1911 and 1934… Almost one in nine of these individuals elected to settle in Rhode Island after landing in Providence, amounting to around 11,000 new residents. Most of these immigrants were from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line kept up a brisk and successful business.”

THE RHODE ISLAND IRISH FAMINE MEMORIAL.

THE RHODE ISLAND IRISH FAMINE MEMORIAL.

This memorial is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Great Irish Famine of 1845-1851. It also pays tribute to their immigrant descendants who, generation after generation, have so greatly enriched the life of America in general and of Rhode Island in particular.”

Portuguese Settlement in the Fox Point Section of Providence, RI.

Portuguese Settlement in the Fox Point Section of Providence, RI.

Portuguese Settlement in the Fox Point Section of Providence, RI. “During the first decades of the twentieth century, Providence, Rhode Island, began to replace New Bedford as the gateway for Portuguese immigration. Although most immigrants coming into the city moved to other industrial towns in southern New England or to the agricultural towns in central California, many remained, working in the city’s textile factories. By 1915, Providence and East Providence counted almost 5,000 Portuguese-born residents.”

Latinos in Rhode Island

Latinos in Rhode Island

Latinos in Rhode Island. Nuestras Raíces: The Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island was started in 1991 with one single interview. Since then, it has become a wide-range collection of personal stories, photos and pieces of paper documenting the history of Rhode Island’s Spanish-speaking community. Our mission is to collect, share and celebrate the diverse experiences through the voices of Latinos in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Latino History Collection is the official archives of Latino history in the State of Rhode Island. It was created to make public what before 1991 were unheard stories and unseen photos that have been generously shared by the people whose stories we tell.

Warwick, Rhode Island Digital History Project

Warwick, Rhode Island Digital History Project

“The Fabre line brings thousands from Italy to Rhode Island.” From the site: “The major impact of Italian immigration in New England, however, was not felt until the early twentieth century. Poor economic conditions in Southern Europe and the need for inexpensive labor in the textile mills here attracted many to Rhode Island. Once the influx began, the Italians came in unprecedented numbers.”

The Rhode Island Historical Society. Research tools for immigration history of Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Historical Society. Research tools for immigration history of Rhode Island.

Includes passenger lists and maritime records. “Some passenger lists for specific immigrant groups are available. Additionally, access to the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild is available on our Internet station. Locating passenger lists for some groups – for instance, Irish passengers who emigrated during the potato famine – can be challenging.”

History of Immigration to Rhode Island

History of Immigration to Rhode Island

Brianna Ericson, “History of Immigration to Rhode Island,” 2013. From the site: 1905: Over 20,000 Italian immigrants were living in Providence’s “Little Italy” on Federal Hill, and were employed in the mills; 1905: About 8,000 Jews were living in Providence; those from Lithuania and Poland settled in the North End, and those from Galicia and Romania settled in South Providence; 1915: The Armenian Genocide spurred a substantial Armenian immigration wave to Rhode Island.”