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The Jews in Suriname and Curaçao

IN HIS FAMOUS BOOK OF 1788 on the Jews of Suriname, David de Isaac Cohen Nassy argued that "the Portuguese Jews have settled in Suriname on much happier and more favorable terms than anywhere in the universe: all and sundry were put on a par with the colonists of the Protestant faith: all offices and functions were open to them unconditionally." 1 Both Suriname and the insular Dutch colony of Curaçao were, relatively speaking, models of tolerance in the days of the ancien régime, offering attractive opportunities to Jewish settlers. The Jews, in their turn, made significant contributions to the economic growth of these colonies. In this essay, I will analyze the nature of these contributions.

The Jews in Suriname and CuraçaoWim KloosterIN HIS FAMOUS BOOK OF 1788 on the Jews of Suriname, David de Isaac Cohen Nassy argued that "the Portuguese Jews have settled in Suriname on much happier and more favorable terms than anywhere in the
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