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Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

The Portuguese Conspiracy

In 1640, the Duque de Braganca (King Joao IV) succeeded in throwing off Spanish rule in Portugal. Portuguese settlers were now seen as potential subversives. In Lima, the Inquisition conducted a … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

¿Qué es la Oración Judía?

Cada tradición religiosa incluye una forma de oración ó meditación. Siendo este el caso. ¿Qué es exactamente lo que caracteriza a la oración judía como Judía? La oración utiliza los … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Crypto Jewish Practices in New Spain

It’s difficult to provide a complete list of Crypto-Jewish observances that Judaizing Conversos in the New World maintained, but the following list represents common practices. Fast Days: Yom Kippur- El … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conversos in New Mexico

The earliest exploration of New Mexico occurred in 1540 under Francisco Vazquez de Coronado. The first Converso adventurer was Gaspar Castano who was identified as Portuguese. He accompanied Alberto del … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conversos Trades in New Spain

Conversos in New Spain were active in all types of trades. Of those arrested for Judaizing in the mid-seventeenth century, ~17% were involved in non-commercial trades: Tailors Silversmiths Bakers Saddlers … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Portuguese Crypto-Jews in New Spain

Crypto-Jewish activity in New Spain is often characterized as a Portuguese Crypto-Jewish phenomenon. I Mexican Inquisitional documents note the following: 73% descended from Portuguese born grandfathers 57% from Portuguese born … Continue reading

February 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Simon Vaez de Sevilla

This is the third of what I refer to as mini-posts that will focus on facts related to Crypto-Jews/Conversos in the New World. Born in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia … Continue reading

February 17, 2019 · Leave a comment