During the mass emigration from Italy our ancestors predominantly settled in North America, South America and Australia
The term "Italian diaspora" refers to the large-scale migration of Italians away from Italy in the period roughly beginning with the unification of Italy in 1861 and ending with the Italian economic miracle in the 1960s. The Italian diaspora is considered the biggest mass migration of contemporary times
My own family went to work in the coal mines of the Gogebic Range (Ironwood, Iron Mountain, Bessemer and Hurley). Later they made their way to Illinois.
|During the period under Austrian rule, a large amount of emigration took
place in the Altopiano. It happened again in the early years of the
Fascist Regime of WWI. The sheer destruction of this
war, and opposition to the regime, caused an exodus of many inhabitants
to countries where work was more plentiful (.i.e. United States, South America and Australia).
|In the United States most Asiaghesi
emigrants settled in these mining communities and spread out from
+ Colorado: Sopris & Trinidad
+ Gogebic Plains of Michigan & Wisconsin: Bessemer, Iron Mountain, Ironwood
+ Illinois - Kensington (Chicago), Lockport & Staunton
+ Indiana – Clinton
+ New Mexico - Raton & Van Houten
+ New York: Rochester (LeRoy)
See the map showing migration flows from Italy below.