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The first Sephardi Jew to set foot on the island of Cuba, and indeed in America, was the converso Luis de Torres, the interpreter of Columbus, in 1492. There is little information about the presence of crypto-Jews on the island during the colonial period, but at least fifteen persons were sent from Havana to stand trial in Cartagena for secretly practicing Judaism. During the nineteenth century a few Sephardi Jews from Curaçao and other Caribbean islands settled in Cuba, but the admission of Jews was officially prohibited until the end of Spanish rule in …

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Margalit Bejarano, “Cuba”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0005930>
First published online: 2010

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