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Abraham Navarro

(d. c. 1692)

Abraham Navarro was an envoy in China and India. a London Sephardi who may have earlier lived in Jamaica, was commissioned in 1682 by the East India CompanNavarro, to accompany the ship Delight to China as interpreter and linguist. In 1683, it reached Amoy, where Navarro began negotiations for opening trade relations. When these failed, Navarro returned to India and engaged in trade.

In 1689, Navarro was sent to the court of the powerful Moghul ruler Aurangzeb to negotiate a peace treaty. After a personal audience with the emperor, a firman for the British trade was obtained.


Fischel, in: PAAJR, 25 (1956), 39–62; 26 (1957), 25–39.

Source: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.