The fifth in our series exploring new research. Stanley Mirvis discusses his new book "The Jews of Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: A Testamentary History of a Diaspora in Transition."
An in-depth look at the Portuguese Jews of Jamaica and their connections to broader European and Atlantic trade networks.
Based on last wills and testaments composed by Jamaican Jews between 1673 and 1815, this book explores the social and familial experiences of one of the most critical yet understudied nodes of the Atlantic Portuguese Jewish Diaspora. Stanley Mirvis examines how Jamaica’s Jews put down roots as traders, planters, pen keepers, physicians, fishermen, and metalworkers, and reveals how their presence shaped the colony as much as settlement in the tropical West Indies transformed the lives of the island’s Jews.
Stanley Mirvis is an assistant professor of history in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, and the Harold and Jean Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies, at Arizona State University.
For more about the book:https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300238815/jews-eighteenth-century-jamaica