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Jewish Settlements (2)

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When the Aragonese came to Sicily, the island was divided administratively into two zones by the river Salso. Most Jewish settlements dating back to earlier periods survived, some disappeared, and many new ones were established, particularly in the fifteenth century. The Jewish population of Sicily was in continuous movement and generally speaking on the increase during the period under review. In addition to immigration from abroad, Jews moved from one place to another, causing some old and well-established communities, such as Catania and Monte San Giuliano to diminish considerably in size. At the same time, other communities,such as Palermo, Trapani and Sciacca, grew. This chapter presents the Jewish settlements in Sicily in alphabetical order.

Keywords: Aragonese; Catania; Jewish population; Jewish Settlements; Monte San Giuliano; Palermo; river Salso; Sciacca; Sicily; Trapani



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