Manny Duarte

Biography

I was born in Santa Cruz, Graciosa. I'm sure you've heard of this place. Graciosa is a small volcanic island located about 2,000 miles east of the continental U.S. and 900 miles west of Portugal. It is one of 9 Portuguese islands constituting the archipelago known as the Azores. I moved with my family to New Bedford, Massachusetts when I was 2 1/2 years old. I was raised in New Bedford and returned to the Azores (Terceira Island) in 1985 and remained there until 1992. In 1992, I returned to the U.S. (Florida) with my wife Cecilia. Presently, I live in Chuluota with my beautiful family.