Was Christopher Columbus Spanish, Italian or Portuguese? The keys to your authentic nationality

East October 12, Hispanic Heritage Dayis celebrated on discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1942. The protagonist of this story is known for died May 20, 1506 in Valladolid and what is a iconic Navigator, cartographer Yes admiral. However, it is surrounded by mystery which has not yet been resolved: its true origin.

The official theory asserts that Christopher Columbus was a Genoese son of a family of weavers, but for some years other theories have maintained that he could come from various parts of Spainbut many more point to places like Portugal, Croatia and even Poland. only sound DNA really be able to solve the riddle and reveal where it came from.

Therefore, the Bony remains assigned to Colonto his Fernando son you your brother diego they came out in May this year from the security camera of the University of Granadawhere they have been since 2003, to be analyzed at the university itself and transferred to different genetic identification laboratories in Europe and America.

DNA will be analyzed thanks to advances in technology

The investigation began 16 years ago, but had to be halted until a technological breakthrough was already available. “Today, we have new generation techniquesboth in the extraction phase of DNA in bone material and teeth, such as in that of Amplification and analysiswhich have radically evolved and are much more sensitive, allowing us to get more information from a very small amount of sample“, explained a few months ago the Dr Jose Antonio Lorente, Professor of Forensic and Forensic Medicine at the University of Granada who is leading the study.

The material available for analysis is as follows: four pieces bones of Christopher Colombus the size of an almond; others sevenincluding one tooth, HernandoYes twelve shards bones of Diego. Genetic studies carried out between 2004 and 2005 on the kinship of the bones of these three people preserved in the cathedral of Seville gave “positive results”, but this does not mean that it was “totally conclusive” informationLorente clarified. “The data pointed to a father-son and brother-brother relationship (…) From there we need to increase the information generated for these positive results to become definitive conclusions,” he said.

However, the main objective of this study is to confirm the origins of Christopher Columbus. “It is widely believed to come from Italywe don’t doubt it, but we can throw objective data that can be interpreted by historians to arrive at one conclusion or another“, assured the professor in reference to the hypothesis on a Galician, Portuguese, Valencian, Basque or Majorcan originamong others.

So the DNA could contribute information to rule out or support each of these theories, underlined the director of the project. In order for the conclusion to be as reliable and substantiated as possible, the process involves five laboratoriesalthough two of them, one from Florence and the other from the United States, will work independently and in isolation.


It was expected that the results would be available for this October 12 and that they would be recorded in a documentary film and mini-series co-produced by TVE and Story Producciones. However, nothing is known about him yet, since the pandemicdelayed the arrival of the bones to the United States due to health restrictions on mobilityas confirmed at MallorcaDiario.com the Mallorcan historian Gabriel Green. This, yes, trust that“Before Christmas we can already have the results”.

Likewise, as Lorente acknowledged in May, there are certain “boundaries” that interfere with work:It is not certain that we will be able to obtain DNA from all bones in sufficient quality and quantity. to be able to come to a conclusion. “What we are not going to do is force the circumstances to prevent it from leading us to an erroneous conclusion. and some time later someone can say that what was done in Granada was done badly”, he declared before assuring that, whatever the final result, this study was “historic”.

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