We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Truth is that Portuguese were in North America before Columbo. They fished for Cod. They are still all over Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts. And insane Vikings before that. And stone-age Siberians before that (we don't call them Siberians anymore - now we call them Eskimos, Indians, Redskins, etc). The great navigator knew something interesting was out there, hopefully spices from India, but he underestimated the distance.
There turned out to be no good spices, but plenty of gold and silver (all wasted on central European wars of little benefit to Spain). Best, lasting imports? Potatoes, Tomatoes, squash, chocolate, vanilla, peanuts, avocado, peppers, maize, tobacco.
Yessir! Absolutely. Genoa is in Portugal and Cristoforo Colombo was Portuguese.
Also, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama and Erik The Red. Erik was kicked out of Portugal for his Communist activities and went on to become a real estate developer in Greenland but he was Portugese.
My thanks to the folks at SippicanCottage for clearing that up. Having spent some of my childhood amongst people of Portugese extraction, I can assure you that all of the details posted in the Sippican posting are likely correct..especially when explained in the language of la faca.