AZORES

AZORES, archipelago in the N. Atlantic; Portuguese possession. new christians from Portugal presumably settled in the Azores in the 16th and 17th centuries, but there is no consistent record of them. The first known settlement of Jews in the islands began in 1818 with the arrival of five merchants from Morocco. By 1848 the Jews in the Azores numbered 250; several small communities had been established, the most important being in Ponta Delgada (founded in 1836) where there were 150 Jews. Among the founders were several members of the bensaude family, whose descendants became influential in international commerce, banking, and philanthropy. The number of Jews in the islands has dwindled steadily in recent years. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Amzalak, in: Revista de Estudios Hebraícos, 1 (1928), 239–40. ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: I. Da R. Pereira, in: Arquipélago 1 (1979), 181–201; 2 (1980), 143–87; 3 (1981), 167–85; A.M. Mendes, in: Boletim (Instituto Histórico da Ilha Terceira), 40 (1982), 673–92.

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Azores — • An archipelago situated in that tract of the Atlantic Ocean which is known to mariners as the Sargasso Sea Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Azores     Azores      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Azöres — Azöres, lockere, dicke u. langhaarige glänzende Biber, 7/8 breit, aus Böhmen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Azōres — Azōres, Volk auf den Molukken …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Azores — Azores, lockere, dicke, langhaarige Wollenstoffe (Biber) aus Böhmen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Azores — A general term for heavy woollens, having a rough hairy surface and loose or open weave, in South America …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Azores — [ā′zôrz΄, ə zôrz′] group of islands in the N Atlantic, c. 800 mi (1,287 km) west of Portugal and constituting an autonomous region of that country: 900 sq mi (2,331 sq km); pop. 238,000; chief city, Ponta Delgada …   English World dictionary

  • Azores — This article is about the archipelago. For the area of high pressure, see Azores High. Coordinates: 37°44′28″N 25°40′32″W / 37.74111°N 25.67556°W …   Wikipedia

  • Azores — Região Autónoma dos Açores Región autónoma de Portugal …   Wikipedia Español

  • Azores — Azorean, Azorian /euh zawr ee euhn, zohr /, adj., n. /euh zawrz , euh zohrz , ay zawrz, ay zohrz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) a group of islands in the N Atlantic, W of Portugal: politically part of Portugal. 336,100; 890 sq. mi. (2305 sq. km). * *… …   Universalium

  • Azores — Açores Pour les articles homonymes, voir Açores (homonymie). Açores Região Autónoma dos Açores (pt) …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.