Cape Verde's Judaic Roots - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yentlesmann
    • 11.05.13 | 21:46 (IDT)

    The documented history of Capeverdean Jewish settlements begins in the 15th century, coinciding with the island archipelago's rediscovery by Portuguese merchant seamen sailing down and up the West African Coast The early settlements were byproducts of the Inquisition (against Jews and Muslims) in Portugal. It is likely that Moorish ships (both Jewish and iIslamic crews) and Senegalese/Gambian fishing boats also frequented the islands long before 1500. Hopefully the contemporary "rediscovery" of Cape Verde will lead to continued thought-provoking recollections of the West African-Iberian Judaic-Islamic legacies, and of their many centuries-long fruitful points of cooperation in particular.

    from the article: Jewish burial site restored off African coast with help from Morocco's king
    First published 09:57 09.05.13 | Last updated 09:57 09.05.13
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