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The Activities of the

by Jose Hinojosa Montalvo
The Activities of the Jews 235 In Villarreal Salamó Çaçon owned in 1423 a dwelling- house built against the wall, and in 1426 he is mentioned as owner of lands in the Pobla de Bella-guarda, municipal boundary of Villarreal. The Jews of this town must have had very little urban or rural property. The scant rural property — a few vineyards and fruit trees — corresponds to the way of life — which was eminently urban — and the professional activities of this minority. RURAL PROPERTY The Jews of Valencia owned rural properties in the municipal boundaries of the localities where they resided, although they were apparently of little importance both in the agricultural sphere of Valencia and of the aforesaid localities. These lands were occupied mainly by vineyards and olive groves, and were destined to meet the Jews own needs. We know of the existence of such fields since they were involved in litigation or in commercial transactions. In 1427, Mossé Abenlabut, of Morvedre, paid 20 sueldos, 2 dineros to the local baile as laudemio on a sale of a vine in the region of Oliba to Antonio Miquel  for 22 sueldos, and which he had on annuity from the King for 14 sueldos. 150 A piece of olive grove and vine land in the boundary of Morvedre was the object of a dispute in 1429  between Mossé Levi, the owner and Mahomat Xeb, who claimed it. 1 5 1 In  Burriana in 1435 Ismael Morcaci owned an olive grove, which  also caused him problems with some Christians over rights of passage. 152 Some of these lands were purchased from Christian residents. In Morvedre, Salamó Benrabí and Astruga, widow of Mossé Bonet, purchased in 1485 a vine from Jaime Ramo for 32 libras, but as they delayed in paying the said sum, the baile general was obliged to intervene and fix a date for payment, on pain of confiscation of properties  belonging to the said Jews for the value of the debt and its interests. 153 The  same procedure had to be followed that same year against Samuel Adzoni, alias Pastor, who owed 22 libras, of the 32 for which he had purchased from Miguel Salselles a newly 150 ARV, Maestre Racional, 3992, fol. 107v. 151 ARV, Bailia, 1147, fol. 73v. See doc. 371. 152 ARV, Bailia, 1148, fol. 50v. See doc. 430. 153 ARV, Bailia, 1158, fol. 44v- 45v. See doc. 808.   Chapter Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t t t

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The Activities of the Jews 235 In Villarreal Salamó Çaçon owned in 1423 a dwelling- house built against the wall, and in 1426 he is mentioned as owner of lands in the Pobla de Bella-guarda, municipal boundary of Villarreal. The Jews of this town must have had very little urban or rural property. The scant rural property — a few vineyards and fruit trees — corresponds to the way of life — which was eminently urban — and the professional activities of this minority. RURAL PROPERTY The Jews of Valencia owned rural properties in the municipal boundaries of the localities where they resided, although they were apparently of little importance both in the agricultural sphere of Valencia and of the aforesaid localities. These lands were occupied mainly by vineyards and olive groves, and were destined to meet the Jews' own needs. We know of the existence of such fields since they were involved in litigation or in commercial transactions. In 1427, Mossé Abenlabut, of Morvedre, paid 20 sueldos, 2 dineros to the local baile as laudemio on a sale of a vine in the region of Oliba to Antonio Miquel for 22 sueldos, and which he had on annuity from the King for 14 sueldos. 150 A piece of olive grove and vine land in the boundary of Morvedre was the object of a dispute in 1429 between Mossé Levi, the owner and Mahomat Xeb, who claimed it. 1 5 1 In Burriana in 1435 Ismael Morcaci owned an olive grove, which also caused him problems with some Christians over rights of passage. 152 Some of these lands were purchased from Christian residents. In Morvedre, Salamó Benrabí and Astruga, widow of Mossé Bonet, purchased in 1485 a vine from Jaime Ramo for 32 libras, but as they delayed in paying the said sum, the baile general was obliged to intervene and fix a date for payment, on pain of confiscation of properties belonging to the said Jews for the value of the debt and its interests. 153 The same procedure had to be followed that same year against Samuel Adzoni, alias Pastor, who owed 22 libras, of the 32 for which he had purchased from Miguel Salselles a newly 150 ARV, Maestre Racional, 3992, fol. 107v. 151 ARV, Bailia, 1147, fol. 73v. See doc. 371. 152 ARV, Bailia, 1148, fol. 50v. See doc. 430. 153 ARV, Bailia, 1158, fol. 44v- 45v. See doc. 808. << Chapter >> Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t t t
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