No-one in history has been so discussed or vied for as Christopher Columbus, the Admiral of the Indies. Distinguished by an identical adulthood, but by a wide variety of childhood and youth, ‘Columbuses’ proliferated all over fifteenth-century southern Europe. This ‘Columbian plurality’ was created by the sentence: ‘From Genoa I departed and in Genoa I was born’. For more than four centuries, the Genoese have striven to prove that the discovery of America was made by their fellow-citizen; their arguments were, however, so fragile that other claimants appeared in their wake, with various cities and nations putting up their own candidate as Columbus’s progenitor.
KeywordsSixteenth Century Fifteenth Century East African Coast Jewish Origin Secret Agent
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