Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Cayenne and Suriname

Is it true that the Portuguese government approved a Jewish colony?

THE SCATTERED PEOPLE.—In 1639, David Nasci, a Portuguese Jew, obtained from the Portuguese India Company authority to form a Jewish colony at Cayenne [today capital of French Guiana, South America]. On the conquest of Cayenne by the French, in 1644, the Jews retired to Surinam, where their numbers prodigiously increased.

The Church of England Magazine, 1862

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