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Are Louisiana Canary Islanders really hidden Sephardic Jewish descendents?

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Re: Are Louisiana Canary Islanders really hidden Sephardic Jewish descendents?

Posted: 24 May 2004 12:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 5 Jun 2004 8:43PM GMT
Surnames: adams(adam'), fagot, devron, bienvenu, de la barr, d'aquin, mendez, etc.
One of my husband's ancestors was a man named Antonio Mendez. He was a high ranking spanish official who lived in St. Bernard parish and was actually the first person to refine sugar from cane. He used Canary Islanders to help him. Gov. Claiborne wanted to appoint him Justice of the Peace and the Canary Islanders of St. Bernard Parish protested saying her was actually Jewish. He had a certificate of racial purity issued to prove that he was not jewish. In researching this, I discovered that there was a well known marano from Spain named Antonio Mendez and that Mendez was a common name from maranos to take after their forced conversion. It's an interesting idea that the Canary Islanders were maranos and then accused this man of being Jewish. The discussion is fascinating and there were probably more marano jews living in Louisiana from Spain than we'll ever know.
Leslie Adams
New Orleans
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
poolemanus 9 May 2001 12:00PM GMT 
mladner7808 10 Aug 2001 3:53AM GMT 
blossomad 22 Oct 2001 3:39PM GMT 
lesliewadams0... 24 May 2004 6:29PM GMT 
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