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Re: Was Christopher Columbus Jewish?

The "Who was Columbus?" argument goes on: John Heelan writes:"I have found another interesting (and persuasive) argument that Columbus was a member of the Colom Jewish family in Ibiza and Catalonia.

The full argument and evidence is presented in Http://
The following first paragraph gives a flavour of the proposition.

The real name of the man who discovered the New World was Colom and not Colon (the Spanish form of Columbus), the form in which his name appears in the Santa Fe Capitulations of April 1492. Written evidence of this is provided by the historian Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes (1478-1557) in his work "Historia General y Natural de las Indias, Islas y Tierra Firme del Mar Oceano", a work which was first published by the Royal Academy of Spanish History in 1851.

Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo, who throughout his whole Historia uses the spelling Colom to refer to the explorer, his brothers, his children and indeed to all the members of his family, tells us of his relations with the man who agreed on terms for the sponsorship of the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella during the siege of Granada. He also relates that he saw him on his return to Barcelona after his first voyage and that he was a page at the royal court at the same time as Diego Colom, the Admiral's eldest son. Doubtless, Oviedo must have had powerful reasons for spelling the explorer's family name Colom, which could only stem from a first-hand knowledge of the explorer and personal dealings both with him and with other members of the family. Oviedo had no need to learn of events at second hand; he says so himself. On the contrary, he personally witnessed all the key events before and after the discovery."

The various theses about Columbus are based on conflicting documents. The argument could perhaps be settled by DNA tests. There is an argument as to whether the remains are of Columbus are in Spain or Santo Domingo. Let us assume they are in Spain. It would be necessary to extract a tooth, inside which the DNA samples can be found. Then similar operations would have to be performed on the various groups to which he is supposed to have belonged. It would be an enormous job, and I have no information about its being begun or even considered. If anyone can provide information on this subject, I would be grateful. Perhaps a DNA specialist can elaborate on what I have said.

Ronald Hilton - 11.06.03