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date: 06 March 2021

Mendes da Costa, Benjaminlocked

(1704–1764)
  • Todd M. Endelman

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Mendes da Costa, Benjamin (1704–1764), philanthropist and merchant, was born in Amsterdam, the son of Luis (Abraham) Henriques Mendes da Costa (1652–1724), merchant, and his wife, Theresa (Judith) Salazar. His parents were the descendants of Iberian Jews who had converted to Christianity in the late middle ages and later found refuge from inquisitorial persecution in ...

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