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1400s

The Black Jews of Timbuktu (Mali)

The Black Jews of Timbuktu (Mali)

Source: Shavei.org (Shavei Israel) There are approximately 1,000 people with alleged Jewish roots in Timbuktu, Mali. They arrived in the 14th century fleeing persecution in Spain, and migrated south to the Timbuktu area, at that time part of the Songhai Empire. Among them was the Kehath (Ka’ti) family, descended from Ismael Jan Kot Al-yahudi of Scheida, Morocco. Sons of this prominent family founded three villages that still exist near Timbuktu—Kirshamba, Haybomo, and Kongougara. In 1492, Askia Muhammed came to power in the previously tolerant region of Timbuktu and decreed that Jews must convert to Islam or leave; Judaism became illegal…
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Late 1400s: Hebrews Confirmed As Black and on The West Coast of Africa

Late 1400s: Hebrews Confirmed As Black and on The West Coast of Africa

Source: The Nautical Magazine: A Journal of Papers on Subjects Connected ..., Volume 39. (University of Oxford) 1870 - pg. 529 Hebrews In Guinea According to the text, the Jews were expelled from Portugal and taken to the coast of Southern Guinea. This was not slavery yet. Also note that Guinea is located in West Africa. Here's a map of Guinea. Hebrews In St. Thomas St. Thomas is located just off the coast of Africa, and currently has the name São Tomé and Príncipe. Here is a map of that island. Mulatto Hebrews The descendants of the Jews living in…
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