Thursday, April 8, 12 pm. Book and Collections Club Meeting: Chiquinho by Baltazar Lopes. A semi-autobiographical account of a young Cape Verdean immigrant’s life, with insight into the experiences of many Cape Verdeans who moved to Duxbury in the early 1900s. This discussion is part of a three-part series facilitated by DRHS Archivist and Historian, Carolyn Ravenscroft.
A seminal book for the people of Cabo Verde, Chiquinho explores the life of a young boy in Cabo Verde during the early 20th century. In this semi-autobiographical account, Baltazar Lopes delves into the lives of his people with vignettes of everyday life on the islands, and introduces his audience to the Cape Verdean culture. Broken up into three parts, Lopes follows Chiquinho as he grows up, moves away for his education and returns to his home to confront the droughts and famine that plagued the Cabo Verde Islands.
Chiquinho’s story reflects the experience of the Cape Verdean immigrant in the early 1900s, many of whom settled in southeastern Massachusetts. Often coming to Duxbury by way of New Bedford, numerous Cape Verdean families settled in Duxbury to work in the cranberry bogs. For further reading on the local cranberry industry, refer to Massachusetts Cranberry Culture: A History from Bog to Table by Robert S. Cox and Jacob Walker.
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