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Taragano Family

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Author(s): Eliezer Bashan
Taragano (Tarigano, Taregano, Taragan) was a surname borne by Jews whose ancestors came from Tarragona, a port city on the Mediterranean coast of southern Catalonia. Jews from Tarragona settled mainly in North Africa or other parts of the Ottoman Empire following the expulsion in 1492. Members of the Taragano family who lived in Morocco included  Isaac Tarigano (Fez, ca. 1700) and Abraham Taregano, who lived in the Atlantic port of Larache (south of Tangier). Abraham represented the economic interests of Great Britain as a consular agent from 1826 to 1837, a posit…