Francisco Mendes Benveniste

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Francisco Mendes Benveniste (Nasi Benveniste)

Hebrew: Francisco Mendes Benveniste (Nasi Benveniste), צמח בנבנישתי
Also Known As: "Benveniste"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Death: Died in Lisbon, Portugal
Place of Burial: Lisbon, Portugal
Immediate Family:

Son of Don Mendes Benveniste; Don Juan (Joseph) Mendes and Donna Mendes Beneveniste
Husband of Gracia Mendes Nassi
Father of Anna Reyna Mendes Nassi
Brother of Diogo Mendes Nassi; Don Yosef Mendes-Nassi (Benveniste), the Younger; Beatriz Mendes and Gonzalo Mendes

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About Francisco Mendes Benveniste

Wealthy Spanish banker and husband of the famous Donna Gracia Mendes. -------------------- In 1528, Beatriz de Luna Gracia Nasi married the very rich black pepper trader Francisco Mendes Benveniste, who belonged to the same very prominent Jewish family as her mother – Benveniste from Castile and Aragon – and was also the great grandchild of Don Abraham Benveniste of Castile. Like other Spanish women, she never went by her husband's name (Mendes or Benveniste), although many historians have since called her Gracia Mendes. The couple were believed to have been married in the great cathedral of Lisbon, in a public Catholic wedding, and then to have had a Crypto-Judaic ceremony with the signing of a ketubah,. Francisco Mendes Benveniste and his brother Diogo were the directors of a powerful trading company and bank of world renown, with agents across Europe and around the Mediterranean. The House of Mendes Benveniste probably began as a company trading precious objects and currency arbitrage. Following the beginning of the Age of Discovery and the finding, by the Portuguese, of a sea route to India, the Mendes Benveniste brothers became particularly important spice traders. They also traded in silver – the silver was needed to pay the Asians for those spices.

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Francisco Mendes Benveniste's Timeline

1500
1500
Lisbon, Portugal
1528
1528
Age 28
Lisbon, Portugal
1528
Age 28
Lisbon, Portugal
1536
1536
Age 36
Lisbon, Portugal
1538
1538
Age 36
Lisbon, Portugal