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Christopher Columbus History Turned Upside-Down by New Polish Biography
New Polish book claims that Christopher Columbus was a Polish Prince in hiding and employed as a spy for King John II of Portugal against Spain.
Kolumb. Historia nieznana (REBIS) (Columbus. The Unknown History), is the result of a 21-year-long investigation that casts serious doubts on the longstanding belief that Christopher Columbus was a poor Genoese peasant, lost at sea, who found America only by accident. Thus the Christopher Columbus controversy is again front and center for the 506th anniversary of discoverer’s death on May 20.
Providing a fresh look at the 15th and 16th Century documentation, Manuel Rosa, a Portuguese-American historian, founding member of Association Cristovao Colon, and author of four books on Christopher Columbus, writes that the famous explorer lived a life of “treachery, treason, murder, lies, intrigue, assassinations, fraud, and deception,” as a secret agent for King John II of Portugal, whose voyage to a previously “discovered”
Historic facts establish that there were lies interposed by Christopher Columbus in his letters and other writings meant to hide his identity as well as his reasons for the 1492 voyage. Basing himself on up-to-now unknonwn Portuguese documents as well as on Portuguese chronicles, geneaologies and Columbus's own writings, and with well-documented sources, the author makes a strong case that the 500-year-old Christopher Columbus history was wrong. The book shows that Cristóbal Colón, (the Spanish name the discoverer used), was the pseudonym of Prince Segismundo Henriques born on Madeira Island, the royal son of King Ladislau III of Poland, Lithuania and Hungary; self-exiled in Portugal after his disastrous defeat against the Muslims at the battle of Varna.
More and more historians now question which version of the history is correct as they seem to be caught off guard by the new revelations:
“Hero? Plebeian? Sailor? Weaver? Nobleman? Worker? Who really was Christopher Columbus, and where was he born? .… 20 years of careful research deny the official version of history. Columbus was a Pole, not Genoese…” reads the Polish literature about the Warsaw Book Fair where the controversial author will lecture on May 12, 2012. (http://www.matras.pl/
Manuel Rosa will also to lecture at the city of Poznan in Poland, May 14, in Brussels, Belgium, on May 22, in Funchal, Madeira, on May 18, May 20 in Cuba, plus a special lecture at the Portuguese Academy of History in Lisbon on May 16.
“Those who take the time to understand what a sixteen century navigator needed to know science-wise and then learn that Christopher Columbus knew Latin, Portuguese, Castilian, Cosmography, Geography, Algebra, Geometry, Cartography, Theology, Navigation, plus secret ciphers,” says Rosa, “must question how could he have been the touted wool-weaver from Genoa and not a noble well-schooled from a young age?”