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The Expulsion

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On 31st of March 1492, the victorious couple Ferdinand and Isabel of Spain signed in conquered Granada the edict of expulsion, putting an end to Jewish presence in all their dominions. The first reference to the impending expulsion came from Catania. Some time in May, the giurati informed the viceroy that since some Jews had left Catania, they had issued orders forbidding the Jews to leave or to sell their property. On 31st of May, Viceroy de Acun a still shrouded the decree of expulsion in official secrecy. On 22 June the viceroy, following representations of the Jews in Palermo, ordered all officials there to implement the provisions issued in regard to the departure of the Jews and the settlement of their financial affairs. The Spanish disaster overshadowed that of Sicily in magnitude but not in essence. That concluded the expulsion of the Jews from Sicily and the adjacent islands.

Keywords: Catania; exit tax; expulsion; Ferdinand; Jews; Palermo; Sicily; Spain



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