2004
Volume 48, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1781-7838
  • E-ISSN: 1783-1792

Abstract

Abstract

In early modern Amsterdam, Vlooienburg was the heart of the Jewish Quarter. The vibrant neighborhood was the home of Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews, as well as German and Scandinavian Lutherans, Dutch Protestants and Catholics, French and Walloon Huguenots, English Puritans, and a small Black community. Recent spatial historical research sheds new light on these seventeenth-century inhabitants and provides insight about where they lived, their religious backgrounds, families, occupations, daily life, and material culture. For example, only a short walk around the southeastern building block provides a good deal of information about the living conditions of surgeons, bakers, bookkeepers, widows, servants, innkeepers, gamblers, prostitutes, printers – and, not least, the Sephardic merchant and writer, Gaspar Méndez del Arroyo, alias Abraham Idaña.

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