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Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva: An Amsterdam portuguese jewish merchant abroad in the seventeenth century

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This chapter explores a fascinating moment of Dutch Sephardi history and identity-formation, one linked to the increasing awareness of global Jewry in the wake of overseas European expansion as well as the rise of color-consciousness. Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva, this young merchant, sailed into distant seas, in conceptual vessels that, though adaptive to external stimuli, were very much constructed at home. The fractured multiplicity of urban merchants, priests, warrior groups, courtiers, etc., relied more and more on the asserted superiority of their groups over the rural peasantry and lower classes, but again, the notion of castes among Indian collectives, especially in the south, was probably still less systematic than that constructed by Portuguese colonists. The definitive identification of Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva and Pedro Pereyra as one man constitutes an exciting advance in the knowledge of the Amsterdam Sephardim of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Keywords: Amsterdam Sephardim; Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva; Portuguese colonists

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