Christopher Columbus was a Jew confirms secret Vatican documents.
Let’s be consistent with the story: Columbus changed to Catholicism for fear of the Inquisition.
By: FELIPE COIFFMAN
According to the latest research, there is very little doubt about the Jewish origin of the discoverer of the Americas. This is confirmed by documents found in the Royal Library of Spain and that had never before been available to historians. It is also confirmed by documents that are kept in the Vatican’s secret archives. On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Einstein, also Jewish, on November 10, 1979, Pope John Paul II opened his archives to the public. On this memorable date, the Pope apologized to the world for the condemnation that the Inquisition, called the Holy Office, gave Galileo Galilei. His sin was to maintain that it was the earth that revolved around the sun and not the opposite as the church held it.
The Samson Trust Foundation, supported by the family headed by Elie Shalit, managed to consult fundamental documents on the subject. They show that it was not the jewels of Queen Elizabeth of Castile that paid for the expedition, but the Jewish community. Before the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, decreed by the Catholic kings Fernando de Aragón and Isabel de Castilla, more than 10% of the Spanish population practiced the Jewish religion. Created the inquisition every being who was not Catholic only had 3 paths: either he converted to Catholicism, or left the country leaving all his property or died at the stake. Then they emigrated 120 thousand Jews, especially to Portugal. Given this situation, Columbus, who was born from a rich Jewish family from Genova (Italy), converted to Catholicism.
Columbus received extensive knowledge of cartography, mathematics, and astronomy at the University of Coimbra, in Portugal. He shared with the wise Toscanelli the idea that the earth was round and therefore it was feasible to reach the east by traveling to the west. From before the Christian era, the Jews had some notion about the roundness of the earth. For this reason, Yom Kippur, the Jewish New Year, celebrated it for 2 days instead of one. They knew that while on one side of the earth it was day, on the other side it was night. Curiously, the day of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain corresponds to the Jewish calendar, which now goes in the year 5772, to the 9th of Av, the day of the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem by the Romans.
Most of the 120 sailors who made up the expedition were of Jewish origin. They fled from the persecutions of the Inquisition and sought other lands where they could freely exercise their religion. In the notes on the landing on the island of Guanahaní, which Columbus baptized as San Salvador, it is read that Columbus spoke to its inhabitants in Hebrew, thinking that he had found one of the lost tribes of Israel.
Columbus always hid the data of his birth and his childhood. In the letters, he sent to the kings of Spain he mentioned King David and the expulsion of the Jews, matters that had no relation to his discovery. These letters, according to studies of the graphology department of the Madrid police, were written from right to left as the Hebrew is written. In the letters, he sent to his son he always put the Hebrew words bet hei on the top of each page, which in Hebrew means “with the help of God.”
The discovery of the new world encouraged many crypto-Jews to emigrate to it. In the Hebrew cemetery of Curaçao, the oldest in America, Castilianized names belonging to Jewish families are read in numerous tombs. Those ending in guez, ez and the names of saints such as Rodríguez, Gutiérrez, González, López, Santodomingo, Santos, Sanjuán, Santamaría etc. are common. -In an article that Professor Luis López de Mesa wrote, he found more than 300 Castilianized surnames descended from Spanish and Portuguese Jewish families converted to Christianity.
We don’t know how many more surprises the story about Columbus’s childhood will bring.
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