Jewish Pirates – Treasure for Days! & The New World – Extra History – #4

Jewish Pirates - Treasure for Days! & The New World - Extra History - #4

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We’ve seen how the diaspora affected the naval warfare of the Mediterranean, but there is another part of this event that can’t be ignored: Columbus’ journey to the Americas. The colonizing of the “New World” gave Jewish people expelled from Spain a whole new place to escape to, one hopefully out of reach from the Inquisition. And we see all of these ideas coalesce in one particular pirate, Moses Cohen Henriques, a man who used his connections to understand the workings of the Spanish colonies and pulled off one of the biggest treasure grabs on the high seas. Dude had his citizenship papers signed by Henry Morgan it really doesn’t get more pirate-y than this.


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