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Jewish Settlements

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Jews lived in all three parts, particularly in the coastal towns, including the largest ones: Palermo, Messina, Catania, Syracuse, Sciacca and Trapani. Most Jewish settlements dating back to earlier periods survived, some disappeared, and many new ones were established, particularly in the fifteenth century. This chapter presents a list of Jewish settlements in Sicily in alphabetical order from A to V. Some of these: Aci (Castello), near Catania, Agrigento, Augusta, Buscemi, Butera, Tusa, Vicari, and Vizzini. Jews of Tusa were mentioned in various business transactions in the fifteenth century, but appear on no tax lists. The Jews of Vizzini were victims of persecutions in the seventies of the fifteenth century, and suffered an unknown number of casualties. Relatively little is known about the Jews in Vizzini. The total number of identifiable Jewish settlements under Aragonese- Spanish rule was 94.

Keywords: Aci (Castello); Aragonese- Spanish rule; Jewish settlements; Sicily; Vizzini



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