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Emigration and the SeaAn Alternative History of Portugal and the Portuguese$
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Malyn Newitt

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190263935

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263935.001.0001

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The Diaspora of the Sephardic Jews

The Diaspora of the Sephardic Jews

(p.61) 4 The Diaspora of the Sephardic Jews
Emigration and the Sea

Malyn Newitt

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Portugal at the end of the fifteenth century and the mass conversion of those that remained, who constituted the class of New Christians. The chapter looks at the dispersal of Jews and New Christians to West Africa, the Americas, France, Italy and the Mediterranean. The foundation of the Jewish community in Amsterdam is of special importance, as are the offshoots of it in London and Hamburg. The Portuguese culture of the Sephardic Jews was maintained for 200 years and only declined when civil disabilities were removed from the Jewish communities in the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   expulsion, Sephardic Jews, New Christians, Amsterdam, Hamburg, London, West Africa, Portugal, Portuguese culture

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