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1492 Illustrated news of Columbus's first voyage, 1494

Columbus embarks on the first of his voyages of discovery

Jews are expelled from Spain

 

1607

 

Jamestown, Virginia is colonized

1619

 

 

Twenty Africans are shipped to Jamestown on Dutch ships

1620

 

 

Pilgrims arrive at Plymouth Rock (Massachusetts) on the Mayflower

1630 Plan of Recife

Dutch capture Pernambuco, Brazil, from the Portuguese and permit Jewish settlement

Jews settle in Recife, Brazil

 

 

1636

 

 

Roger Williams founds Rhode Island, a colony based on the principle of freedom of worship

1648

Chmielnicki uprising in Ukraine against Polish landowners, the Catholic clergy, and the Jews, results in the destruction of hundreds of Jewish communities and the murder of tens of thousands of Jews

 

 

1654

Portuguese recapture Brazil from Dutch, forcing Jews to flee

Boat with twenty-three Jews, mostly refugees from Recife, Brazil, arrives in New Amsterdam (New York), marking the beginning of Jewish communal settlement in North America

 

1655

 

Jews in New Netherlands are granted rights to trade, travel, and stand guard

 

1656

 

Jews in New Netherlands are granted rights to own property and to establish a Jewish cemetery

 

1660

 

 

Virginia legalizes slavery

1678

 

Plan of Newport, 1777.

Newport Jews purchase cemetery

 

1681

 

 

William Penn founds Pennsylvania, a colony based on a tradition of religious toleration and freedom under law

1692

 

The Witch, No. 3, drawing by George Walker

Witchcraft hysteria breaks out in Salem, Massachusetts

1695

First known Jew settles in Charleston, South Carolina

 

 

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