from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The name of an order (Orden de la Merced) established in Barcelona, Spain, by San Pedro Nolasco (1189–1256) for the purpose of liberating the Christian captives from the Saracens. It was confirmed by Pope Gregory IX. (1230).
- The name given to a fund established at a later date among Spanish Jews, having for its object the ransom of their brethren captured by Mohammedan pirates under Barbarossa.
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