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In his preface to the book, Yosef Kaplan, the eminent historian of post-1492 Iberian Jewry, outlines the themes that Wachtel subsequently develops: the geo- graphic mobility and religious syncretism of New Christians in their global di- aspora during the early modern period, and the "cult of remembrance" by which these baptized Catholics expressed varying degrees of crypto-Jewish identity (xiii). After his reconciliation, at which the tribunal ordered him to wear penitential sackcloth (the sambenito), the youth and his wife, Isabel Vaez, embarked for the Americas, where their wanderings took them to Bahia (Brazil), Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Santiago del Estero (Argentina), the great mining city of Potosí (Bolivia), Cuzco, and Lima (where Isabel died).\n3 In opposition to the reclusive physician and religious scholar Maldonado, Perez amassed one of the largest fortunes in Peru as a merchant of African slaves and lived in a large house in Lima where, as the "Great Captain," he supposedly became a leader of other crypto-Jews in the city.


Literary Criticism; Marranos--Latin America--Biography

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Partial Answers, 2014, Volume 12, Issue 2, 389-392.

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