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Author: Stanley Mirvis

This article explores the issue of discriminatory taxation against colonial Jamaican Jews and the trans-Atlantic Jewish lobby. Based on colonial correspondences, this article makes two main arguments. First, Collective Jewish taxation was debated in colonial correspondences to a far greater extent than its actual financial significance, as it became an issue symbolic of the growing rift between the Jamaican Assembly and the Board of Trade/Crown. Second, while Caribbean Jewish communities are usually understood as satellite dependencies on the Western Sephardic metropoles of Amsterdam or London, placing the Jewish tax in local Jamaican context reveals that colonial Jews deferred to Europe to intercede on their behalf by necessity rather than default. When local circumstances favored the Jews they attempted to lobby against it themselves.

In: Journal of Early American History
In: From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardic Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times
In: Reappraisals and New Studies of the Modern Jewish Experience
In: From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardic Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times
From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardic Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times is a polyphonic collection of essays in honor of Jane S. Gerber’s contributions as a leading scholar and teacher. Each chapter presents new or underappreciated source materials or questions familiar historical models to expand our understanding of Sephardic cultural, intellectual, and social history. The subjects of this volume are men and women, rich and poor, connected to various Sephardic Diasporas—Spanish, Portuguese, North African, or Middle Eastern—from medieval to modern times. They each, in their own way, challenged the expectations of their societies and helped to define the religious, ethnic, and intellectual experience of Sephardim as well as surrounding cultures throughout the world.
In: From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardic Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times
In: From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardic Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times
In: From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardic Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times
In: From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardic Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times