Over 25 million Italians have emigrated between 1861 and 1960 with a migration boom between 1871 and 1915 when over 13,5 million emigrants left the country for European and overseas destinations.
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Dear Elba.Thank you very much. the avatar or COA represents my family surname whose roots lay in Matera, Basilicata. The symbols are representative of the crusades, service to the church and a goose with its head lookingbackward (vulnerable but alert)). Apparently Romans used geese as watch dogs since they were more sensitive and sounded intruders better than dogs. As you know even the surrounding symbols to the COA have significance and meaning but I left it off since my incompetence extends all the way to a point where I can only send and receive!!!!!!! Thanks again =Peter=
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