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1326 January, QUANZHOU FUJIAN PROVINCE (China)

Andrew of Perugia, a Franciscan friar and local Bishop, commented in frustration that the Jews of Quanzhou refused to be converted. The Jewish presence there dated back to the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). In the Middle Ages, Quanzhou port was of major importance in what was known as the Marine Silk Road", which linked up nearly 100 Asian and African countries and regions.


1759 QUEBEC (Canada - New France)

With the British conquest of Quebec, Jews were allowed to settle there. Two of the first Jews were Aaron Hart and Samuel Jacobs. Jacobs arrived within a month of the British conquest. Abraham Gradis was thought to have been the first Jew to live in Quebec while under French rule, although in reality, he had never set foot there. It was actually his firm which played an important role in helping the French colonial empire in North America.


1837 QUEEN VICTORIA (England)

Ascended the throne in England. During her reign there was a great increase in the number of Jews settling in England.


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