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Some people might call them New Jews some New Christians and others call them Marranos The majority of the world population has no idea who the Marranos are To begin to explain these secret people one must first receive a lesson in World History We will begin in the 1492 In school we are brainwashed to connect the year 1492 with the year that Columbus discovered the New World Yet if we look at the year 1492 there are other occurrences which are noteworthy For instance in the year 1492 Spain the country which sent Columbus to America decided to officially expel the Jews from Spain The Jews were forced to either leave Spain convert to Catholicism or be put to death This was not a surprise to the Jews of Spain Since 1931 there had been anti-Jewish riots throughout Spain For years the Jews had been converting to Christianity to escape religious persecution These Jews were called conversos The twist to this tale is that these conversos actually were only putting on a front They still considered themselves Jews They practiced in secret1 The Spanish made every attempt to search out and punish these conversos Some Jews chose not to convert and they moved to Portugal Unfortunately Portugal in 1497 expelled the Jews from its borders as well Anti-semitism was growing in Western Europe and the Jews needed to escape The prime choice seemed to be so obvious The Jews went to the New World The immigration of the Marranos to the new world might have begun with none other than Christopher Columbus This of course is not definite but there has been research which has shown that Columbus was indeed a Marrano Apparently his parents were Marranos2 Even though there are some disagreements about this fact there is strong evidence to support the claim that Columbus was Jewish As the Marranos arrived in the New World
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