- Katherine Brucher
Portuguese-American music encompasses musical traditions brought and adapted to the United States by immigrants from continental Portugal and the Atlantic islands of the Azores and Madeira and their descendents.
Portuguese-American music dates from the first Portuguese settlers who came to continental United States and Hawaii (then the Sandwich Islands) during the 18th century. Immigration from Portugal increased dramatically during the 19th century as men from the Azores, Madeira, and Cape Verde (a former Portuguese colony off the west coast of Africa) found work in the whaling industries of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, and Hawaii. These sailors introduced string instruments such as the ...