A team of researchers from Spain will try once and for all to uncover the origins of the explorer Christopher Columbus, in order to put an end to this question that has troubled academics for many years. The news comes on the day, 515 years since the browser passed away.
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The most consistent theory among scholars to date is the possible Italian origin of Columbus.
“There is no doubt on our part [de que o explorador é originário de Itália]José Antonio Llorente, the person responsible for this investigation taking place at the University of Granada (Spain), quoted by the Guardian newspaper, said that we can provide objective data that can … close the history of existing theories.
Many historians believe that Columbus was born in Genoa (Italy) in 1451.
The university organized a meeting between supporters of alternative theories of Colombo’s birthplace, which include Valencia, Espinosa de Henares, Galicia and Mallorca in Spain or the Alentejo region in Portugal.
Independent laboratories in Europe and the Americas are conducting DNA analysis of the remains of the explorer, Colombo’s brother Diego and his son Fernando. The publication is scheduled for October.
This investigation concluded with a 16-year hiatus due to the technological difficulties that existed in the early 2000s.
“Our team agreed to take an ethical approach … Wait for the technological development that is taking place now,” said Laurenti.
Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid (Spain) in 1506, but requested that he be buried on the island of São Domingos, which is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
The explorer’s remains were eventually transferred to Cuba in 1795 and later to Seville (Spain) in 1898.