Christopher Columbus was a Scot according to Spanish historian
Most people like myself have gone through life thinking Christopher Columbus was Italian. It was taken for granted, especially when I was at school.Then we had a few cases that he may have been Catalan or even Gallego from Galicia. Now a Spanish historian has apparently thrown all caution to wind and alleges that our favourite discoverer of America is now Scottish! What do you think?
Christopher Columbus was actually a Scotsman called Pedro Scotto and his family originally came from Scotland, too claims a Spanish historian.
In a report by The Telegraph, these allegations made by Alfonso Ensenat de Villalonga have turned upside down the normally accepted narratives regarding the famous explorer’s origins. He is said to be the son of a weaver from Genoa, Italy or that he was even from Catalonia or Galicia in Spain.
“In fact, he was from Genoa, but he was the son of shopkeepers not weavers and he was baptised Pedro not Christopher,” stated Villalonga.
Villalonga also added “His family name was Scotto, and was not Italian, but of Scottish origin”.
The Spanish historian also added “He had light-coloured eyes and freckles. He also had blond hair even though it quickly turned white. That’s how his contemporaries described him. He is nothing like the traditional images (of him), which are totally invented”.
Villalonga points out a chronicle of Catholic kings written by Lucio Marineo Siculo, who referred in his writings to “Pedro Columbus”, not Christopher.
The historian also alleges that the explorer once worked for a pirate called Vincenzo Columbus, and adopted that family name so as not to “expose” his relations.
According to Alfonso Ensenat de Villalonga, his research involved scrutinizing the archives in the region of Genoa, Italy along with those held in the Spanish history academy and national library.
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