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Program Recap: Spanish Jews in Colonial Florida

June 2, 2023
by Rebeca Miller

This program was sponsored by Larry Kanter in memory of Jack Coleman, it originally took place in person and via livestream on June 1st 2023

Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, Founder and Chairman of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society, looks at the presence of Jewish people living during the 16th century in what we know today as Florida. Pulling from the research of Dr. Stanley Hordes, formerly the State Historian of New Mexico and researcher at the University of Mexico’s Latin American Institute, as well as Roger L. Martinez-Dávila, Associate Professor of History & Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, this talk will examine immigration documents, genealogy records, and artifacts that identify the south’s earliest Jews of descent, conversos, and crypto- Jews.

Topics covered in this program: Mission Nombre de Dios, Ferrand Martinez, marranos, conversos, crypto Jews, Haim Beinart, Limpieza de sangre, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Dr. Eugene Lyon, Roger L. Martínez-Dávila, Rabbi Solomon HaLevi of Burgos, Antonio Martinez Carvajal, Dr. Stanley Hordes.