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Old 07-14-2018, 03:52 PM
 
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Lots of Jews in Puerto Rico. They often had to fly under the radar, but they prospered quite well over the Centuries.
There is a Synagogue in SJ and elsewhere. http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geK...pJSjR0HlNsV2E-
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:00 AM
 
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I grew up in the island during the 70's. Even then, there was an Arab family (nationality unknown) in our "urbanización." They were textile merchants who had a retail store. Aside from their store, they would often go from house to house selling their sheet, blankets, pillow cases, etc.

We would at times laugh at them because of the way they pronounced the word "colcha." They would go to people's homes and say, "zeñora, zeñora...¿quiere comprar una chorcha?"

Even my grandmother laughed out loud once because of that!

Since then, it stands to reason that more Arabs have migrated to the island given that there is now a Mosque in my home town. My undersating is that there are a total of three Mosques in the island.
What town is this?
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Old Yesterday, 07:30 AM
 
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Not sure if you are interested in the background of the story or the location of the mosques. If the latter, a quick online search shows there are nine mosques in PR; Aguadilla, Arecibo, Fajardo, Hatillo, Jayuya, Loiza, Ponce, Rio Piedras and San Juan (Montehiedra).

The first part of the story is quite common, almost anyone that grew up in PR in the 70-80's remembers their mother buying linens and other housewares from "el Arabe" who came around the neighborhood every so often in their car/van filled with merchandise.

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Old Yesterday, 07:53 AM
 
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I remember seeing women with their heads covered every now and then in Aguadilla, and there is a decent-sized mosque in Ponce I know. I get the whole Moorish background thing, as well as the mostly Christian immigration from the Levant around the turn of the century...but what is the story of Arab immigration to Puerto Rico today? Anyone know?
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Old Yesterday, 06:18 PM
 
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I remember seeing women with their heads covered every now and then in Aguadilla, and there is a decent-sized mosque in Ponce I know. I get the whole Moorish background thing, as well as the mostly Christian immigration from the Levant around the turn of the century...but what is the story of Arab immigration to Puerto Rico today? Anyone know?
Right now it is mostly a Palestinian muslim presence in PR.

This article should be of interest-

https://theconversation.com/amp/on-e...-muslims-78798

Last edited by damba; Yesterday at 06:19 PM.. Reason: Wrong ethnic group!
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Old Today, 09:47 AM
 
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Not sure if you are interested in the background of the story or the location of the mosques. If the latter, a quick online search shows there are nine mosques in PR; Aguadilla, Arecibo, Fajardo, Hatillo, Jayuya, Loiza, Ponce, Rio Piedras and San Juan (Montehiedra).

The first part of the story is quite common, almost anyone that grew up in PR in the 70-80's remembers their mother buying linens and other housewares from "el Arabe" who came around the neighborhood every so often in their car/van filled with merchandise.
Yeah my mom told me about it, although she didn't tell me about the housewares, she told me they were often merchants.

She told me physically blended with the rest of the Puerto Ricans but just by their accent you could tell they were Arabs.
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