Cresques, Judah (Ribes, Jaime)

(fl. 14th-15th cent.)
   Majorcan cartographer, son of Abraham Cresques. He made maps for John I and Martin of Aragon. During the anti-Jewish outbreaks in Spain in 1391, he converted to Christianity and changed his name to Jaime Ribes. He settled in Barcelona in 1394. From 1399 he is referred to in documents as 'magister cartarum navegandi'.

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  • CRESQUES, ABRAHAM — (d. 1387), Majorcan cartographer, son of Abraham Vidal and Astrugona. Contrary to what has been assumed in research, his name was Cresques Abraham and not Abraham Cresques. The latter is the name of his father. Hence his son Judah (son of)… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • MAP MAKERS — The first reference to a map is found in Ezekiel 4:1. The prophet is bidden to outline on an unburned brick, a plan of a city under siege, such as is found on Babylonian monuments. Nearer to real map making is a rudimentary map of the borders of… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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