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Today in Jewish History - April 26 / Iyar 11

1655 April 26, THE WEST INDIA COMPANY (North American Colonies)

Peter Stuyvesant
Refused to accept Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant's request to ban the settling of Jews in New Amsterdam. In their letter, they relate to the "large amounts of capital which the Jews have invested in the shares of this company" therefore "these people (Portuguese Jews) may travel and trade...live and remain there provided the poor shall not become a burden to the company or the community."


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