This Day in Jewish History / Jews of Sicily expelled by Spanish rulers
At its height in 1492, the Sicilian Jewish community numbered over 30,000 people living in over 50 locations on the island.
On January 12, 1493, the expulsion of the Jews of Sicily took effect, some six-and-a-half months after it was proclaimed. Although several official efforts were made to attract Jews back to the island in the centuries that followed, the expulsion was essentially the end of the Jewish presence on the island.
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