This Day in Jewish History 1624: The First Jew to Settle in North America Buys Some Real Estate

Elias Legardo, whose surname has evolved into monikers like Elligood and Alligood, may have been the first Jew to settle in North America.

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On February 16, 1624, the name of Elias Legardo, a European-born immigrant to Virginia, turned up in a register of settlers in the North American colony. According to some historians, this made Legardo, who...