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Christopher Columbus, surrounded by a crowd of people, is about to embark on his ship, August 1492. (Wellcome Images / CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Secret Identity Of Christopher Columbus: A Celtic-Jewish Spanish Pirate?


The Christopher Columbus that everybody learns about in school may have been an entirely different person than is generally being taught. Columbus was a fascinating person, and the more one studies this incredible man, the more incredible his narrative becomes. The man who sailed in 1492 for the New World was a mystic, an adventurer, a utopian idealist and man of great courage and vision. Was Columbus a Celtic-Jewish agent of the Knights Templar? Had he been a pirate before working for the Spanish crown? Had he assumed the identity of an Italian wool merchant to hide his real identity? Was he a red-haired Jewish sea captain who had been to Iceland? Had some of his Portuguese crew crossed the Atlantic before? Is it possible that Columbus knew perfectly well that he would reach a New World by traversing the Atlantic, rather than negotiating a new route to China, which was the decoy purpose he gave the Spanish royalty for his voyage?

Costume design for Alberto Franchetti's Cristoforo Colombo Artist: Adolf Hohenstein (1854-1928) (Public Domain)

The Mistaken Identity Of Christopher Columbus

Despite the popular grade school depiction, there is a great deal of evidence that Columbus was not actually Italian, but a Spaniard who had assumed the identity of a young Italian wool merchant whom he had once met and who had died at sea. By coincidence, the young Italian wool merchant from Genoa had the same name as himself (at least in translation). Cristobal Colón, known as Columbus, was by some evidence a Spanish Jew, living at a time when that religious group was being persecuted. For this reason he decided to conceal his identity. Also, he was in possession of several maps that showed the coasts and islands of North - and South America.

According to William Anderson and many other Columbus researchers, one can examine two parallel lives—one of Cristoforo Colombo, the wool merchant, born in the latter half of 1451 to Dominick and Susana Colombo in Genoa (Italian “Genova”) in the Liguria section of Italy; and the other of Cristobal Colón, born in mid-1460, as the illegitimate son of Prince Carlos (Charles IV) of Viana, and the Jewess Margarita Colón, in the Jewish ghetto of the Balearic island of Mallorca, near the village of Genova which is now a district of Palma, the principal city. The city of Palma on Mallorca was a major mapmaking center at the time.


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David Hatcher Childress, is a captivating speaker and the author or coauthor of over 20 books. He is the founder of the World Explorer’s Club. He is the author of Pirates and the Lost Templar Fleet: The Secret Naval War Between the Knights Templar and the Vatican

Top Image: Christopher Columbus, surrounded by a crowd of people, is about to embark on his ship, August 1492. (Wellcome Images / CC BY-SA 4.0)

By: David Hatcher Childress



Oh please. The wild eyed imaginings displayed in this article should be best kept in the privacy of the various authors home. As Columbus's descendants have made clear, he was Spanish, any references to being Italian relies on a mistranslation from the 16thC which any respectable researcher would acknowledge. Honestly, I think there's a group of people out there, obviously trapped in their homes by their dysfunctionalism, who have way too much time on their hands and access to the Internet...

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David Hatcher Childress, known as the real-life Indiana Jones to the many fans of his books, is a captivating speaker and the author or coauthor of over 20 books. He has traveled the world several times over, seeking adventure... Read More

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