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Welcome to Our New Look!

Welcome to Our New Look!

PLEASE NOTE: Melody is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. This post contains affiliate links. When you click on these links and make a purchase, I earn a percentage of the sale which allows me to keep providing you great content for free on this website. Welcome to the new and improved YourIslandRoutes.com.  Or, at least,…

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Portuguese and Hawaiian Holiday Traditions

Portuguese and Hawaiian Holiday Traditions

PLEASE NOTE: Melody is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. This post contains affiliate links. When you click on these links and make a purchase, I earn a percentage of the sale which allows me to keep providing you great content for free on this website. Since the mid 1800s, Christmas has been celebrated in the…

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Cape Verdeans to Hawaii: A Pre-Sugar Plantation Era Migration

Cape Verdeans to Hawaii: A Pre-Sugar Plantation Era Migration

Very few foreigners had made their way to the Hawaiian Islands by the early 1800s.  by the 1830s, they appeared with more frequency.  Records are few and far between.  We do know that natives of Cape Verde made it to Hawaii long before the sugar plantation era.  Let’s learn a little about them. Where is Cape Verde? It is located in the central Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.  Mauritania and Senegal are the closest countries to this island…

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What Occupations Did They Do on Hawaiian Sugar Plantations?

What Occupations Did They Do on Hawaiian Sugar Plantations?

Were your ancestors one of the many people from across the globe who worked on the Hawaiian Sugar Plantations?  These jobs might have been in the field, mill, railway, office, or the plantation store. This is a  look at the different jobs they may have performed. Many Jobs to be Done on an Hawaiian Sugar Plantation It’s easy to conjure up images of laborers working in the fields on a sugar plantation. Although field laborers made up a large part…

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Description of the Voyage of the S.S. Amana to Hawaii 1886

Description of the Voyage of the S.S. Amana to Hawaii 1886

The iron ship, the Amana, with contract laborers from Madeira arrived in Hawaii on 22 April 1886 after 170 days at sea.  There were 140 men and 101 women on board.  In addition, there were 140 children under the age of 16.  It was a harrowing journey marked by bad weather and illness.  Over 5 months at sea for a new life in Hawaii. Rough Seas The Amana took 170 days to travel from London to Madeira and then to…

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Description of the Voyage of the S.S. Abergeldie to Hawaii 1883

Description of the Voyage of the S.S. Abergeldie to Hawaii 1883

The SS Abergeldie made its route around South American stopping in Coronel, Chile before heading to Honolulu. It arrived in Hawaii and the Portuguese immigrants were brought ashore on the 5th of May. There were 140 cases of measles reported, but no deaths due to the disease. Locals Liked to Watch the Immigrants In the articled “Scenes at the Immigration Depot” there is a description of the Portuguese immigrants who have arrived on this ship.  What surprised me is that…

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