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Beginning in 1516, Jews were restricted to living in the Venetian Ghetto, the Cannaregio area of Venice, under a Venetian Republic decree. It was enclosed by guarded gates and no one was allowed to leave from sunset to dawn. However, Jews held successful positions in the city such as merchants, physicians, money lenders, and other trades. Restrictions on daily Jewish life continued for more than 270 years, until Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the Venetian Republic in 1797. He removed the gates...
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