However, conversions of Jews to Catholicism did not prevent the hostility of one hundred and fifty to two businessmen, traders and ship captains calling for the expulsion of Jews from Santo Domingo in 1765 by a petition. This document urges the Governor-General of the French islands do not allow the Sephardim to convert. Although they were officially expelled from Martinique in 1684, activism Sephardic and connivance of the government managed to prevent the widespread application of this measure. In the French colonies of America and the Caribbean, there was conversion of slaves to the Jewish religion, which greatly angered officials whites. In 1760, a leader of the colony of Santo Domingo recorded several complaints against Jews who were their slaves of the Israelites like them "as the mulatto free Michel Pas . In Martinique, each Jewish home had a few slaves (half do not have more than four). The Governor-General of the islands French-American Jean Charles de Baas, 1667, complained that the Jews of Martinique "employ the ceremony Saturday for their faith and force the Negroes and pledged to keep the Sabath" Shabbat and "working the Sunday ".
David Cohen Nassi,
already initiated the installation of the Jews in the territory
received permission to establish a colony in
then under Dutch rule.
Trip to Cayenne in 1661, Captain Languillet found there fifteen
to twenty Jewish families at the head of the plantations growing
and thirty to forty European Christians and one hundred twenty
There was a synagogue and the regulations régissaiennt religious
life and secular.
Shortly after, Nassi interested in the new colony of
the British conquered it in 1664.
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In the 1960s and 70s, a Jewish community was formed in Fort de France by Jews from Northern Africa and France.
Today, approximately 90 Jews live in Martinique, predominately in Schoelcher. Both a community center and a synagogue exist in Schoelcher. The community center maintains a Torah study group, a youth group, and a chevra kaddisha. There is also a kosher market on the island.