The Jewish Nation of the Caribbean: The Spanish-Portuguese Jewish Settlements in the Caribbean and the Guianas

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Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2002 - Religion - 384 pages
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Occasionally one comes across a book, which is unexpected, delights and inspires. Surinam, known as the 'Jewish Savannah', where a vibrant Jewish community was granted full and equal rights two hundred years before the Jews of other communities in the region. St Eustatius, where the economically successful Jewish community was plundered during the British occupation in 1781. Curacao, named the Mother of Jewish communities in the New World, where a prosperous Jewish community comprised nearly half of Curacao s non-slave population and was the center of Jewish life in the region. For all their economic and local political power, the Jews were little more than pawns in the 200-year struggle for control of the Caribbean by Holland, Great Britain, France and Spain. Eventually growing tired of this chess game, the Jews of the Caribbean drifted into assimilation or immigrated to the United States, where life was more secure. An ideal resource and captivating read for those traveling to the region or people with an interest in Jewish history, this is an exceptional book that brings the Jewish communities of the Caribbean to life, with intensity, and with a heartbeat so strong as to secure their proper and rightful place in recorded Jewish history."

 

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On Page 284, it quotes from Blyden's 1898 work "The Jewish Question", and how the High Commissioner of Nigeria gave a copy of it to Golda Meir (Prime Minister of Israel) in in the 1960s.
P. 256 describes the first Jewish book printed in Jamaica (a work of apologetics)

Contents

Jamaica
225
Tucacas
261
Danish West Indies
268
Haiti
288
The Settlement of the Caribbean Jews in the Liberated Colones of Spain
300
Epilogue
332
Notes on Bibliography
343
Index
344

The Sepharadim of the Island of Nevis
218

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Mordechai Arbell was born in Bulgaria and immigrated to Israel with his family during the Second World War. After studies at Hebrew University, he joined the Foreign Ministry of the State of Israel, including posts as Consul in Bogota and Ambassador to Panama and Haiti. He has devoted much of his life to documenting the story of Jews in the southern part of the New World. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East at Hebrew University, and is an advisor to the World Jewish Congress.

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