1654: Three Jewish refugees from Brazil establish a community in New Amsterdam

A 1655 letter from the Reverend Johannes Megapolensis provides a record of these refugees, stating that “last summer some Jews came [to New Amsterdam] from Holland.” At the time, the Dutch occupied significant stretches of what is now the Brazilian coast, which is why Megapolensis referred to it as “Holland.”

TownNews.com Content Exchange

Tags

TownNews.com Content Exchange