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Re: info about LIMA in SOUTHEAST Brazil
Posted by: Daniel Jorge Greenhalgh (ID *****4609) Date: June 09, 2002 at 09:53:48
In Reply to: Re: info about LIMA in SOUTHEAST Brazil by Daniel Jorge Greenhalgh of 125

CORRECTION: My late grandfather Juvenal Greenhalgh Ferreira Lima used to say that the Limas whose name meant "Lima orange" were Jewish, while those whose name meant "file" (lima de limar) were not. This is not so. All Limas are most likely of Jewish origin from the Lima river area. The LIMIA river originates in Spain where it flows from East to West into the Atlantic Ocean. After crossing into North Portugal, it slightly changes its name to LIMA river. That part of North Portugal, as well as the Braga area, which includes the Guimaraes city and area,... held a thriving Jewish community till the Inquisition made living conditions unbearable. It appears that the Celts to the North, the Galicians in N.W. Spain, offered some kind of protection for some time. Most Sephardic Jews that sailed to Brazil apparently landed in Salvador, Bahia, centuries ago. Some Limas remained in that region, while many others settled in the State of Minas Gerais. Now Limas are everywhere in Brazil. Everyone knows that Brazil is quite a melting pot where folks from different races have been mixing freely for five hundred years...

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