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Sephardic Spain

… and thus began the Sephardic diaspora

The name SEPHARDI or SEPHARDIC means „Spanish“ or „Hispanic“, derived from SEPHARAD, a biblical location, which was identified by later Jews as Hispania, that is, the Iberian Peninsula.

Established in the Iberian Peninsula from ancient times, Jews lived their splendour in the 12th and 13th century, when many of them stood out as advisors and lenders of kings. During the 14th century anti-judaism began to grow, which led to several assaults on the Jewish quarters. Finally, in 1492 the Catholic Monarchs, to strenghten the power of the newly established kingdom, unified religion by expelling all non-Christians: Jews and Muslims. Thus began the diaspora of the Sephardic Jews, forced into exile far from Spain, the SEFARAD of their ancestors.