Foreign News: Jews Free

Every child knows the couplet:

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two

Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

But not every child knows that,

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two

Spain banished each and every Jew.

On her knees (a few months before Columbus sighted America) pious Queen Isabella implored the blessing of Heaven for a royal edict by which King Ferdinand: 1) banished all Jews and other heretics from Spain; 2) decreed that his remaining subjects must actively practice the Catholic religion.

Tireless Torquemada was appointed by Ferdinand & Isabella to enforce the decree as Grand Inquisitor. He and...

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