A new Christopher Columbus biography, published in Poland, casts serious doubts on the longstanding belief that Christopher Columbus was a Genoese peasant, lost at sea, who found America only by accident.
The new Polish book,“Kolumb. Historia nieznana” [Columbus. Unknown History], claims that Cristóbal Colón, (the Spanish name the discoverer used), was actually 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 at the battle of Varna. Thus, the Christopher Columbus controversy is again front and center as the 506th anniversary of the discoverer’s death approaches on May 20.
Providing a fresh look at the 15th and 16th Century documentation, Manuel Rosa, a Portuguese-American historian and author of four books on Columbus, far from disputing Columbus’ undertakings, expounds that the famous explorer lived a life of “treachery, treason, murder, lies, intrigue, assassinations, fraud, and deception,” as a double agent for King John II of Portugal, whose voyage to a previously “discovered” America was a mission of deception carefully planned to convince the Spanish crown that Spain had reached India first.
“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,“question how could he have been the touted wool-weaver from Genoa and not a noble well-schooled from a young age?”
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.
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: “Another nutty conspiracy theory! That’s what I first supposed … I now believe that Columbus is guilty of a huge fraud carried out over two decades,” wrote professor James T. McDonough, Jr., who taught at St. Joseph’s University for 31 years.
“Hero? Peasant? Sailor? Weaver? Nobleman? Worker? Who really was Christopher Columbus, and where was he born? .… 20 years of careful research contradict 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. Manuel Rosa is also scheduled to lecture at the city of Poznan in Poland, May 14, in Brussels, Belgium, on May 22, in Funchal, Madeira, on May 18, plus a lecture at the Portuguese Academy of History in Lisbon on May 16.
Manuel Rosa can be reached via email: mr[.]1492.us.com