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California and Hawaii’s First Puerto Ricans,
1850-1925: The 1st and 2nd Generation Immigrants/Migrants

by Daniel Lopez

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Puerto Rican FlagDaniel Lopez, Editor & Staff Writer of HPRSD's El Boricua newsletter, is please to share the news of the publication of his well-received book. California and Hawaii’s First Puerto Ricans, 1850-1925: The 1st and 2nd Generation Immigrants/MigrantsIf you are interested in the Puerto Rican migration to California and Hawaii, this source is well worth your time. The book is already accepted in a number of libraries including the Brooklyn Public Library, Library of Congress, San Francisco Public Library, and New York Public Library (on 42nd Street---the Main Library). Finally, the Cento de Estudios Puertorriquenos (Center for Puerto Rican Studies in N.Y.C.) has approved of Daniel's book and placed a copy into their Library. As Daniel tells us, this Center is the foremost University-based research center dealing with Puerto Rican Studies in the United States, if not the world... Congratulations Daniel!

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My Puerto Rican Friends and Family,

It was suggested that I write a short article to let you know of my recently published book, a prideful accomplishment, a true labor of love. This project took years in the making, scouring what seemed like an endless amount of census data, geneological sources as well as other references on the subject.

The printed book entitled, California and Hawaii’s First Puerto Ricans, 1850-1925: The 1st and 2nd Generation Immigrants/Migrants, deals with Puerto Rican immigration to California, particularly to the San Francisco Bay Area, during the period from 1850-1925. It also covers Puerto Rican migration from Hawaii to California from 1901-1925.

The book, to a significant extent, traces the history of the immigrants from Puerto Rico (aka: “Porto Rico” from 1898-1932) to California, from 1850-1925, as well as from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, and also from Hawaii to California, during the period from 1901 through 1925. Puerto Rican immigration to Hawaii began, en masse, on December 23, 1900, and thereafter. Beginning in 1901, and thereafter, Puerto Ricans began to migrate in larger numbers from Hawaii to California, and these immigrants began to form the basis of the eventual Puerto Rican community (colonias) in California, and particularly around the San Francisco Bay Area.   

As a result, the book has several Chapters expressly devoted to the history and evolution of the Puerto Rican Community, both in California as well as in Hawaii.

The California portion of the book, which also covers some statistical migration history of Puerto Ricans from Hawaii to California, particularly to the Bay Area, as well as the identifying by name(s) of a number of these Puerto Ricans that migrated to California.   

In short, this historically oriented and genealogically-related book about the Puerto Rican diaspora to the West Coast of the United States, including to Hawaii is, as far as the author has been able to determine, the first comprehensive book (as opposed to an article), which delved into the history and evolution of the beginnings of Puerto Rican immigration to California, as well as at least initially, to the San Francisco Bay area. The book identifies well over 200 separate names of these Puerto Rican immigrants to both California, and to Hawaii. Notably, a significant part of the book specifically covers immigration to Hawaii, as well as migration of Puerto Ricans from Hawaii to California.

Sincerely,

Daniel M. López
Independent Author and
Editor & Staff Writer, El Boricua newsletter,
House of Puerto Rico-San Diego

 

Note from Aileen Alvarado-Swaisgood: If you are interested in your own copy of Daniel Lopez's 194 page book, you can contact him directly at DLopez777@aol.com. The e-book version can be purchased via Amazon e-book. Have Daniel sign your copy during the next HPRSD membership meeting. I have my copy.

 



 
     
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