"The Lusiads" translated into Chinese: The second edition o this book written by the Portuguese national poet Luis Vaz de Camões in the 16th century has just recently been translated to the Chinese language. The first edition of 3,000 copies was published in 1995 and quickly sold out. The translation was done by Zhang Weimin with the title "Lusitaniyaren Zhuge" which means "The Chant of the Lusitanos". Lusitano is the name of the people that originally inhabited the Roman province of Lusitania, where Portugal is located today.

"The Lusiads" in the XXI Century: Dr. Manuel Luciano da Silva, a medical doctor from New England, wrote in a recent article that the Portugal and Greece were the only nation, out of 204 in the world that has a poet who wrote the history of their own country in epic verses. Portugal's poet is Luiz Vaz de Camões and Greece's is Homer in his famous Odyssey.

Emperor and Empress of Japan visits Portugal Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Portugal in June and stayed three days, during which they visited Lisbon's 1998 World Exposition.
     The Governments of Portugal and Japan are strengthening their old ties started in 1543 when the first Portuguese sailors arrived in Japan. The period of Portuguese discoveries in the early 16th century may account for the presence of Orientals in several parts of the world, including North-America and may also explain the oriental resemblance of some Melungeons.

New documents found connecting the Saponi Indians and Melungeons:Patricia Baldwin has come across some documents with information about Old Floyd County in Kentucky. It includes four calendars with Indian/Melungeon abstracts dating back to 1660. These documents provide valuable information to study the Catawba or Saponi Indians. Our thanks to Patricia for sharing this information with us. mailto:email:nuleef@foothills.net

Portuguese-American is the Energy Subsecretary: Ernest J. Moniz with roots from the Azores and former Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Physics Department is presently working for the Department of Energy in Washington, DC.

Portuguese people are different: The Portuguese population have stayed relatively isolated in the last few thousand years which makes them unique from the rest of the Iberian population.This conclusion was the result of a study made by the University of Coimbra in Portugal and the University of Madrid in Spain. This study may have important applications in the organ transplant of individuals of Portuguese origin or ancestry. The study was published in the magazine "Immunogenetics".

John Rodrigues Cabrilho, the discover of California on September 28, 1542 while working for the Spaniards, is a Portuguese by birth. Every year the Cabrilho Festival is held in his honor by the local Portuguese Community. The last one took place in September.

Portuguese Horses in America: Lusitano is the name of the Portuguese horse, a close cousin of the Spanish Andaluzian well known horse. It is believed that the Portuguese horses were part of Hernando de Sotto's army in 1540 when they arrived in the Southeast with many Portuguese soldiers. Some of these soldiers came from Alentejo where still today, most of the horses are bred.The Gentlemen of Elvas and many of his compatriots must have traveled to Badajoz, a Spanish city to enlist with Hernando de Sotto. Victor Silva presently lives in New Hampshire and breads Lusitano horses directly imported from Portugal. The Lusitano horse is considered to be the oldest horse ridden by men, and was used by Cartage and the Romans.

Tea was known in 800 AD: Chá Ching in China wrote the first book about tea 800 years after the Christian Era. The Portuguese are one of the few people, besides China who kept the original name for this drink; Chá. The same in Mandarin. In Portuguese is pronounced Shah. We thank our Portuguese-American reader, David da Silva Cornell, who speaks Chinese and some Japanese for his comments. He also mentioned that in Russia name "chay" is derived from "cha" also. Our reader Larry Koch added: Indeed. The Russians and the Portuguese both obtained tea from Mandarin-speaking traders, whereas other Europeans bought theirs from the Dutch, who in turn got it from Chinese who spoke the Amoy dialect, in which word for tea is "te".

Bridge named Vasco da Gama: A bridge linking the Tagus River in Lisbon was just recently inaugurated with the largest banquet, so large that it made it to the Guinness book of records. It is named after the great Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama. The bridge measures 17.2 kms. and it is one of the main routes used by visitors for the World Exposition in Lisbon. The cost approximately is $1.50 for each car. The six lanes may carry up to 52,000 cars per day.

The Forgotten Portuguese Book quoted in "O Jornal": The English section of this newspaper features an article about the Azorean Diaspora in Hawaii by Frances Sylvia Gracia. The Portuguese community came to Hawaii while it still was a kingdom under King Kamehamea. Ms. Gracia quotes several sources for her research including our book.

1498-1988     500 years celebration: In 1488 Portuguese navigator Dias sailed all the way to South Africa, confirming the unknown fact that India and the Far East could be reached by sea. It also paved the way for Columbus to discover America four years later. In 1498 Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India opening the way for New Worlds with its new cultures to meet.

Melungeon Heritage Book and Snake handling: This recent published book by Ruth Johnson mentions the usage of snakes for religion purposes by the Melungeons.  This tradition came from India, the only other people in the world that do the same. The Portuguese were the only possible way for East-Indians to come to America in the 16th century. It was recorded that some Mountain Indians also used the snake for ritual purposes. Patricia Baldwin of the Appalachian Quarterly magazine send in information by Kevin Mullins, where purposes. Patricia Baldwin of the Appalachian Quarterly magazine send in information by Kevin Mullins, where he said that a man in Kentucky was bitten by a snake and died after treatment by paramedics was refused. Apparently he died because he did not have enough faith.purposes. Patricia Baldwin of the Appalachian Quarterly magazine send in information by Kevin Mullins, where he said that a man in Kentucky was bitten by a snake and died after treatment by paramedics was refused. Apparently he died because he did not have enough faith.

Books and Studies about the Portuguese: The Portuguese Studies Review: Volume 6, Number 7, has been been released and the theme is On The Age of Vasco da Gama, with five articles by Karen Alexander, Timothy Coates, Francis Dutra, Ivana Elbl and Geraldo Pieroni. The editor and contributing writer is Professor Douglas L. Wheeler of the University of New Hampshire. It is distributed to the I.C.G.P. Members. Membership cost is $29.00 per year. For more information write to: I.C.G.P. c/o Department of History, University of New Hampshire, Durham New Hampshire 03824, USA



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