What were the consequences?

What happened to Jews?

Historians have come up with different estimates of the number of Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. However, the approximate estimate most widely accepted is around 150.000. The expulsion seems to have produced what would now be called a boat people crisis. Different mediterranean ports were provided by King Ferdinand with ships to take the expelled where they wished; but the Jews often found it difficult to land. One of the best destinations was the Ottoman Empire, where Jews were welcomed. It is claimed that Sultan Bayezid II sent a sarcastic message of gratitude to King Ferdinand for sending him “some of his best subjects”.

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