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We Came to Fish
We Came to Work

Stories of Immigration

The Port of New Bedford has long drawn immigrants from around the world. Despite differences in language and culture, a highly-valued fishing industry developed, drawing on the strengths of immigrants from all over the world including Cape Verde, Guatemala, Norway, Nova Scotia, Vietnam, and Portugal. This exhibit explores why and how people came to New Bedford and how they became involved in the working waterfront.

The people and stories profiled in this exhibit are a small representation of the many different communities that make up New Bedford’s working waterfront.

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