For over 21 years, the polemic identity of the famous Christopher Columbus has been the subject of research by Manuel Rosa, author and historian, who will present the controversial lecture. After the lecture, participants will be able to purchase an autographed copy of the book, KOLUMB. Historia Nieznana, (COLUMBUS. Unknown History) published by REBIS, May of 2012, in Poland. The short film “Kolumb jest nasz” will also be shown.
In this newest book, Manuel Rosa takes us on a historical journey into the true origins of Columbus and his reasons for the 1492 Voyage of Discovery. The man, credited with discovering America, was not the son of a humble weaver from Genoa, Italy, as historians had claimed, but rather a Prince born in Portuguese Madeira, son of exiled Polish King Wladislaw III of the Lithuanian Jagiellonian Dynasty. “The conclusions are shocking, however, the data collected by the author is so reliable that it is impossible to reject the long-term outcome of these investigations,”
The staggering discoveries include documents overlooked for 500 years. By utilizing the new documentation and getting involved in the DNA studies of Columbus's bones at the University of Granada, Spain, Mr. Rosa was able to disprove the official narrative as nothing more than a fairytale, based on repeated misinterpretations of the original facts.
Mr. Rosa's sensational findings have been discussed in major TV and newspapers worldwide, including the New York Daily and the Daily Telegraph. Despite all the attention that his rewrite of Columbus’s biography is receiving, Manuel Rosa did not start out as a historian. Like other children across the world, he learned in school that Columbus was a peasant Italian without schooling. However, in 1991, while working on the English translation of a book on Columbus, he became aware of the five-centuries-
Because of his Portuguese background and fluency in several languages, he immediately noticed something contradictory in the official narrative. Mr. Rosa realized the name “Christopher Columbus” and its Italian form “Cristoforo Colombo” were mistranslations of “Cristóvam Colón,” the discoverer's original name. Overnight history became his passion.
His historical investigation has taken him to the Dominican Republic, to Poland, and many places in between, in a relentless quest for the truth about the identity of the putative discoverer of America. Mr. Rosa's research suggests that “Cristóvam Colón” was the codename of King John II’s double-agent and that his voyage to already discovered lands West, was a political plot planned by Portugal, meant to deceive Spanish Queen Isabel. Isabel was a sworn enemy of King John II of Portugal, whom she had tried to assassinate in 1484.
While some look at the new hypothesis with skepticism, others have bestowed on it considerable approval. At the Portuguese Academy of History, on May 16, 2012, Mr. Rosa presented to a house full to capacity with members of the academic community, who later described his 21 years of research as "a serious look at the truth, well-substantiated and worthy of praise."
His latest book, published in Portugal, Spain and Poland, received accolades from many Portuguese academics, including Professor Manuela Mendonça, president of the Portuguese Academy of History, and Professor Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão, ex-president of the same organization, who wrote in the Preface that Mr. Rosa's work is a "serious and diligent look at Columbus’s life." Prof. Manuela Mendonça, even went as far as presenting on October 12 in Genoa, Italy, the lecture "Cristóvão Colón: a navigator of the Royal House of Portugal?"
“Christopher Columbus’ origins have long been shrouded in mystery—was he Italian? Spanish? Greek? None of the above: In fact, his father was a Polish king, argues Columbus expert Manuel Rosa in a new book,” wrote Matt Cantor. Mr. Rosa’s book has been translated into English but a US publisher has yet to take it on.
Some of the history-changing facts will presented by Manuel Rosa at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, tomorrow at 6:30pm.