- (1451-1500)Explorer of Italian origin, discoverer of America. He was possibly of marrano extraction. He boasted about his connection with King David and was inter-ested in Jewish and marrano society. His name was not unknown among Italian Jews of the late medieval period. On his journeys he used nautical instruments perfected by Jews such as Joseph Vecinho and nautical tables drawn up by Abraham Zucato.
Dictionary of Jewish Biography. Dan Cohn-Sherbok.
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COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER — (1451–1500), discoverer of America, thought by some to have been of Marrano extraction. He was himself mysterious when speaking of his origin, apparently having something in his background which he wished to conceal. However, he boasted… … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Columbus,Christopher — Columbus, Christopher. 1451 1506. Italian explorer in the service of Spain who determined that the earth was round and attempted to reach Asia by sailing west from Europe, thereby discovering America (1492). He made three subsequent voyages to… … Universalium
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Columbus, Christopher — Italian Cristoforo Colombo Spanish Cristóbal Colón born between Aug. 26 and Oct. 31?, 1451, Genoa died May 20, 1506, Valladolid, Spain Genoese navigator and explorer whose transatlantic voyages opened the way for European exploration,… … Universalium
Columbus, Christopher — (in Italian, Cristoforo Colombo; in Spanish, Cristobal Colón; 1451 1506) Italian born Spanish navigator, explorer, and colonial administrator, conventionally recognized as the discoverer of the Americas. Although recent criticisms by ethnic… … Historical Dictionary of Renaissance
Columbus, Christopher — (1451–1500) Discoverer of America. Until 1914 it was believed that Columbus was born in Genoa, the son of a weaver, and worked as a wool carder before going to sea at the age of fourteen. The discovery of documents by a Spanish scholar… … Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament
COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER — discoverer of America, on Oct. 12, 1492, after two months of great peril and, in the end, mutiny of his men, born in Genoa; went to sea at 14; cherished, if he did not conceive, the idea of reaching India by sailing westward; applied in many… … The Nuttall Encyclopaedia
Columbus, Christopher — (1451 1506) Genoa, Italy. Explorer. On his third voyage to the Americas in 1498, supported by the Spanish king and queen, it is said that he was accompanied by four Gypsies … Historical dictionary of the Gypsies
Columbus's Letter on the First Voyage — to the New World was written on February 15, 1493, on board the caravel Niña at sea with a postscript written on March 14 when he arrived back into port at Lisbon, Portugal. Anzovin, p. 109, item #2282. The first letter containing a description… … Wikipedia
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