The Secret Identity Of Christopher Columbus: A Celtic-Jewish Spanish Pirate?

Christopher Columbus, surrounded by a crowd of people, is about to embark on his ship, August 1492. (Wellcome Images / CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Secret Identity Of Christopher Columbus: A Celtic-Jewish Spanish Pirate?

The Christopher Columbus that everybody learns about in school may have been an entirely different person than is generally being taught. Columbus was a fascinating person, and the more one studies this incredible man, the more incredible his narrative becomes. The man who sailed in 1492 for the New World was a mystic, an adventurer, a utopian idealist and man of great courage and vision. Was Columbus a Celtic-Jewish agent of the Knights Templar? Had he been a pirate before working for the Spanish crown? Had he assumed the identity of an Italian wool merchant to hide his real identity? Was he a red-haired Jewish sea captain who had been to Iceland? Had some of his Portuguese crew crossed the Atlantic before? Is it possible that Columbus knew perfectly well that he would reach a New World by traversing the Atlantic, rather than negotiating a new route to China, which was the decoy purpose he gave the Spanish royalty for his voyage?

Costume design for Alberto Franchetti's Cristoforo Colombo Artist: Adolf Hohenstein (1854-1928) (Public Domain)

The Mistaken Identity Of Christopher Columbus

Despite the popular grade school depiction, there is a great deal of evidence that Columbus was not actually Italian, but a Spaniard who had assumed the identity of a young Italian wool merchant whom he had once met and who had died at sea. By coincidence, the young Italian wool merchant from Genoa had the same name as himself (at least in translation). Cristobal Colón, known as Columbus, was by some evidence a Spanish Jew, living at a time when that religious group was being persecuted. For this reason he decided to conceal his identity. Also, he was in possession of several maps that showed the coasts and islands of North - and South America.

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