Christopher Columbus is most known for his exploration from Genoa, Italy in 1492 to enrich Spanish monarchs with gold and spices from the orient.
Another suggestion, published by CNN, suggests that Columbus's real mission was to liberate Jews from the Muslims.
According to Newser, evidence has come to light that Columbus was actually a "Marrano," which means that he secretly practiced Judaism, trying to avoid persecution and a declaration by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella on March 31, 1942, which would ban all Jews from Spain.
"The edict especially targeted the 800,000 Jews who had never converted, and gave them four months to pack up and get out."The new evidence has been presented on Monday, which is the 508th anniversary of Columbus's death.
CNN further asserts that a number of Spanish scholars, like Jose Erugo, Celso Garcia de la Riega, Otero Sanchez and Nicholas Dias Perez have concluded that Christopher Columbus was Jewish, as evidenced by a few things, namely requests in his will.
Charles Garcia, author of the report, writes that:
"Two of his wishes -- tithe one-tenth of his income to the poor and provide an anonymous dowry for poor girls -- are part of Jewish customs. He also decreed to give money to a Jew who lived at the entrance of the Lisbon Jewish Quarter."Newser also reports that Columbus's voyage was reportedly also funded by a prominent Jew, as well as two Jewish converts to Catholicism.
According to CNN, the explorer used a very unique signature in his well, a triangular signature of dots and letters, which closely resemble inscriptions that can be found on gravestones of Jewish cemeteries in Spain. He also ordered his heirs to use this signature after he had passed.
Cecil Roth, a British historian who wrote, "The History of the Marranos," stated that the anagram is actually a cryptic substitute for the Kaddish (a prayer that is recited in the synagogue by mourners after the death of a close relative. Therefore, with this signature, Columbus's sons would be able to say the Kaddish after he had passed away.
One final piece of evidence, according to CNN, is the fact that Columbus had left money to support the crusade to liberate the Holy Land for the Jews.
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