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206 Chapter Three on

by Jose Hinojosa Montalvo
206 Chapter Three on wheat. This confirms, moreover, the prominent role played by Valencia, together with  Mallorca, as a market for North African products, particularly for spices. 52 And  finally, the frequent contacts and the economic potential of Jews and Conversos on both shores of the Mediterranean are brought into relief. We find three important currents of Jewish importation: Castile, Portugal and North Africa, particularly the Barbary region. The Castile Route This is perhaps the most extensive Jewish commercial current with Valencia, at least in as far as the volume of merchandise is concerned. As regards its value, we do not have enough information to compare it with that of Barbary, from which the most valuable products came. Various factors contributed to making this Castile- Valencia commerce the most intensive, as was the case too with the export trade. On the one hand, the geographical proximity; on the other, the great economic, social and demographic importance of the Castilian Jews at this period. Valencia was an excellent market for the sale of Castilian raw materials and for the purchase of other articles imported or made in Valencia. These Castilian Jews came from fairly precise geographical areas, primarily from Murcia, which borders on Valencia. Many Jews came to the capital of the kingdom from Murcia for business, although the nature of the business is not generally specified. We suspect that the principal products brought by the Jews were silk and wheat, since these are mentioned a few times. And this would also be the case for the Jews of Ocaña and Huete. It should be remembered that the wheat supply was a constant preoccupation for the municipal authorities, and the wheat of la Mancha and of Murcia, when there was a good harvest, had an excellent market in Valencia. Other Jews came from Dueñas, Medina del Campo, Trujillo, or else they were included in the common heading of  Castile. Other products brought to Valencia by the Jews of Castile were goat and lamb skins, cheese, cumin, sumach and wool, raw materials which helped to cover the local deficits. 52 J. Heers, Occidente durante los sighs XIV y XV, Barcelona 1968, p. 111. Chapter Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t

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206 Chapter Three on wheat. This confirms, moreover, the prominent role played by Valencia, together with Mallorca, as a market for North African products, particularly for spices. 52 And finally, the frequent contacts and the economic potential of Jews and Conversos on both shores of the Mediterranean are brought into relief. We find three important currents of Jewish importation: Castile, Portugal and North Africa, particularly the Barbary region. The Castile Route This is perhaps the most extensive Jewish commercial current with Valencia, at least in as far as the volume of merchandise is concerned. As regards its value, we do not have enough information to compare it with that of Barbary, from which the most valuable products came. Various factors contributed to making this Castile- Valencia commerce the most intensive, as was the case too with the export trade. On the one hand, the geographical proximity; on the other, the great economic, social and demographic importance of the Castilian Jews at this period. Valencia was an excellent market for the sale of Castilian raw materials and for the purchase of other articles imported or made in Valencia. These Castilian Jews came from fairly precise geographical areas, primarily from Murcia, which borders on Valencia. Many Jews came to the capital of the kingdom from Murcia for business, although the nature of the business is not generally specified. We suspect that the principal products brought by the Jews were silk and wheat, since these are mentioned a few times. And this would also be the case for the Jews of Ocaña and Huete. It should be remembered that the wheat supply was a constant preoccupation for the municipal authorities, and the wheat of la Mancha and of Murcia, when there was a good harvest, had an excellent market in Valencia. Other Jews came from Dueñas, Medina del Campo, Trujillo, or else they were included in the common heading of \\" Castile\\". Other products brought to Valencia by the Jews of Castile were goat and lamb skins, cheese, cumin, sumach and wool, raw materials which helped to cover the local deficits. 52 J. Heers, Occidente durante los sighs XIV y XV, Barcelona 1968, p. 111. << Chapter >> Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t
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