Samuel Pallache

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Biography of Samuel Pallache

A true adventurous character, Samuel Pallache was an outstanding entrepreneur with the ability to make something out of nothing and participated in expanding the trading markets in 17th century Europe. When one thinks of Samuel Pallache there are many qualities that come to mind. Personable, crafty, adaptable, persistent and determined are some of the many traits this Moroccan Jew has collected over his fascinating and eventful life. This biography is a reflection on Samuel Pallache’s life which is mainly based from the novel “A Man of Three Worlds” by Garcia-Arenal and Wiegers. Samuel Pallache was a man whose life was equivalent to a rollercoaster, he came from a humble family and climbed his way to diplomatic status and fell down from greed and immense expectations. Samuel came from nothing and with his blessed traits climbed out of the Jewish Ghetto and turned himself and his family in a group of efficient dealers and tradesmen on the European scale. Samuel always continued to further build on his financial stability that resulted in being offered highly responsible jobs, such as diplomatic status and mediators between nations. His life was the spirit of mercantilism and with his deep trading connections paved the road of success for this family and gained positive reputation for the Jewish community in Europe.

Samuel Pallache grew up in Fez, Morocco in a Jewish family of Iberian decent. Being Jewish in the 17th century, Samuel along with his people were heavily scrutinized and scene as second-class citizens in Europe and Northern Africa. Samuel knew that nothing was going to be given to him and he needed to make his own destiny, so he developed very strong character traits which made him extremely personable and keen on forming business relationships with individuals of important status. Samuel knew that the Western world was beginning to establish more trading routes. He understood that there was a lot...
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