David Pacifico

(1784—1854) merchant

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The case of ‘Don Pacifico’ provided Palmerston with a great oratorical triumph. A Portuguese Jew, Pacifico was born in Gibraltar and was therefore a British subject. In 1847, while a merchant in Athens, his house was destroyed in an anti‐Jewish riot. The Greek government refused compensation, believing that his claim was inflated, whereupon Palmerston sent a naval squadron to the Piraeus and seized all Greek vessels. Palmerston's stand earned him vast popularity and established his domination of politics for the rest of his life.

Subjects: British History.

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