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It would be nice to have a set of projects around the different immigrants who came to Jamaica, with timelines. Like my friend I told Kwame about whose name is Jadusingh, which Kwame says is West Indian. Correct?
I would be interested in why and when the Jewish immigrants came to Jamaica? The names are Sephardic for the most part.
Hatte, Jadusingh is from India. The Jamaica Gleaner (newspaper) has a list of the immigrants.
The Jews came to Jamaica/the Caribbean (and South America) with Christopher Columbus and other explorers fleeing the Inquistion.
Interesting articles -- thanks for sharing!
In the Bahamas, where my mother is from, the Jewish community is very tiny (about 150 people out of a population around 320,000) and mostly centered in one outlying town that was heavily resettled by Americans in the 1960s. (The only synagogue in the country can be found here: http://www.grandbahamasynagogue.org/History.htm) I know there were a good number that fled there during the U.S. Civil War, but it doesn't appear that they stayed -- or, if they did, they didn't last. So it's nice to see an ongoing community in another regional island country.
Does anyone know if many Jewish Americans left for Jamaica during the Civil War? I suspect that if enough were leaving the U.S., they might have gone farther south to Jamaica and some of the other islands.
Margaret - I assume that you saw this article:
Grace Mears was born in 1694 in St Catherine Parish Spanish Town
Jamacia. The Jews first came during the Spanish occupation from
1494 to 1655. They came seeking refuge the Spanish Inquisition.
There was a legal loophole that gave them this refuge but still they
called themselves Portuguese and practised their religion in secret.
In 1655 Britain took control and the Jews were granted British
citizenship. This right was conferred by Oliver Cromwell and
confirmed by Charles 11 in 1660. They gained full political rights
in 1831. I don't know when Grace left Jamacia but she married
Raphael Moses Levy in New York in 1718. By the time of her death
in New York in 1740 she had seven children. The current Jewish
population of Jamacia is about 200 but about 424000 Jamacians
have Sefhardi Jewish ancestry.