The 2000 Census reported 2,364,815 Filipinos in the United States. -- The Asian Population: 2000 (Census 2000 Brief), February 2002. Long Beach, CA is 48.9% white and largest Asian/Pacific population is Filipino (4%). In San Diego County, Filipino Americans are the largest Asian Pacific Islander group. Filipino Americans have been a quiet voice in promoting contributions to American society. I am Filipino American, born in the Philippines and want to be able to tell that “Our history is no mystery.” This is how Filipinos had migrated to the U.S and I want to share our stories and when our story began. The first Filipino Americans history began on October 17, 1587. Filipinos were the first Asians to cross the Pacific Ocean as early as 1587. They arrived in as Morro Bay, California. Filipino seamen, namely Luzon Indios (“Luzon Indians”) were among the crew and landing party of Spanish galleon, Nuestra Senora de Buena Esperanza, with Captain Pedro de Unamuno were sent to the California shore to claim the land for the Spanish king. From 1565 to 1815, during the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade, Filipinos were forced to work as sailors and navigators on board Spanish Galleons. Borah E. (2004)
In 1595 the Filipino sailors were abroad the San Agustin, commanded by Sebastian Rodriguez Carmeno, when it shipwrecked near Point Reyes by the mouth of San Francisco bay, California on November 6 1595, according to Raymond Aker of the Drake Navigators Guild. Nolte C. (1995).
In 1763, Filipinos made their first permanent settlement in the bayous and marshes of Louisiana. As sailors and navigators on board Spanish galleons, Filipinos -- also known as "Manila men" or Spanish-speaking Filipinos -- jumped ship to escape the brutality of their
Spanish masters. They built houses on stilts along the gulf ports of New Orleans and were the first in the United States to introduce the sun-drying process of shrimp.
During the War of 1812, Filipinos from Manila Village... [continues]
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