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Re: July 31, 1492

Volumes have been written about the origins of racial theory, usually blaming it on the nineteenth century rise of science allied with imperialism. Few have looked at medieval Spain and the Spanish Kings as originators of the notion of "race," with the notable exception of Benzion Netanyahu, father of Bibi. I summarized his contribution here: http://clarespark.com/2015/03/09/did-racial-theory-take-off-in-medieval-....

July 31, 1492


The Alhambra Decree, issued March 31 by Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, ordered the expulsion of the Jews from Castile and Aragon, along with their respective territories, stipulating completion by July 31. Failure to comply resulted in death without trial. 

The edict was not formally revoked until December 16, 1968.

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