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one of the earliest Jewish settlers at New Amsterdam (New York City), and the earliest identified Jewish settler within the present limits of the state of New York. Barsimson had been sent out by the Jewish leaders of Amsterdam, Dutch Republic to determine the possibilities of an extensive Jewish immigration to New Amsterdam. With the fall of Dutch Brazil it was imperative for Jews planning to leave Europe to find other new homes.
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07/08/1654-Jacob Barsimson, first identified Jewish US colonist, leaves the Netherlands for Manhattan
08/22/1654-First identified Jewish immigrant to U.S., Jacob Barsimson, arrives in New Amsterdam
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