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Are Louisiana Canary Islanders really hidden Sephardic Jewish descendents?

Are Louisiana Canary Islanders really hidden Sephardic Jewish descendents?

Posted: 9 May 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Jan 2002 4:24PM GMT
I have been researching my Canary Islanders ancestors of Louisiana and have come across possible Sephardic Jewish
(Converso, Marrano, Crypto-Jew) connections that may show persecutions for them during the great Spanish
Inquisition/Sephardic Jewish Holocaust, between the 1300's to 1492. Were some of these Louisiana ancestors made to
convert to Roman Catholism, with the Pope's & the Spanish King's promise of death if they did not?

History shows, the Canary Islands were Spain's only colony prior to the 1492/Americas and become a principal place for
persecuted Spanish/Sephardic Jews to flee in exile, from their centuries old homes in Spain. All Spanards in the
"pre-1492-Canary Islands" were not truly natives of the Islands, but 1492-invaders from Spain, to the Canary Islands. The
"Guanchos"(the native peoples of the Islands) were soon wiped out or sold in slavery by the Spanish Conqueors. It is
estimated that a good number of former Sephardic Jews quietly populated the new territory in exile, in fear for their lives.
Then a century later, quietly resettled in the new "Spanish Louisiana."

Maybe that is why they quietly populated Louisiana and became "Spanish Cajuns" instead who they were. Did they have
their own identity or were they still assimilating in exile? To this day many old Spanish names Louisiana do not know that
their own ancestors came from the Canary Islands, much less any thing else.

(Some sephardic researchers say that any Spanish Surname that is city/town in Spain, could be Sephardic and any Spanish
Surname ending in "ez or z", could very possibly have a hidden sephardic background.)

Please check Sephardic.com or sephardim.com on the internet and help me figure out these genealogical mysteries? Do we,
Louisiana, have a Sephardim Jewish history that connects back to Jesus, David and Abraham, spanning 2000 years? What
a great story, if so? Who knows.

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

Posted: 10 Aug 2001 3:53AM GMT
Classification: Bible
Surnames: Gusman, Bonnevie, Trahan, Sanchez, Landry
Hi,
Just found this Colonial Louisiana site and your message.
Well said!! In addition to Spanish/continent ancestors, I also have Islenos mixed with a several Acadians.
It is very interesting to say the least. I have only traced them back to ca.1730 Spain but the name is considered Jewish ca. 1500.
Have too large a gap to try to connect.
I am a subscriber to Sephardim.com.!
Marsha

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

Posted: 22 Oct 2001 3:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 15 Mar 2002 7:58AM GMT
I,too suspect this is true.The surnameRodrigue,Rodrigues,Rodriguez,Rodrique,with roots in Portugal,Barcelona,&the Barbados left Europe for eligious difference of opinion from Roman Catholicism,some fled leaving lands & possesion(those which were not confiscated in the name of the church)Name change or alteration is likely since an arm of Spain also extended to the colonies through missions.Canad in the l600's was one likely refuge.Some of these came to Louisiana.The canary islanders were not alone.

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

Posted: 24 May 2004 6:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 6 Jun 2004 2:43AM 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

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

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 9:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: gosman, mendez, domingues, la salle,
Gosman and Gusman are both of jewish ancestry, but they are ashkenazi, if my memory serves correct. The lake Charles jewish community would have more info on that. As for as the spanish; any name ending in ...es, ...ez is of spanish jewish origin. I.E. mendez, mendes, dominguez, domingues, so on so forth, before the french there were spanish in louisiana, and before them there was native americans. it is a very intensive study but its worth it every step of the way. Some louisiana french names such as Breaux, La Salle are also of jewish ancestry. LeJeune(probably not written correctly) was also found in new orleans synagogue records.
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