Spanish historian claims Columbus was Scottish
SPAIN’S most famous explorer Christopher Columbus was actually Scottish, claims a controversial historian.
The 15th century discoverer of the New World heralded from Scotland, and adoped his surname from an Italian pirate.
The explorer, who sailed from Sevilla, after raising money from his expedition around Spain, was actually called Pedro Scotto.
Scotching assumptions that Columbus was the son of a weaver from Genoa, in Italy, or from Catalonia or Galicia, historian Alfonso Ensenat de Villalonga, claims he was actually the son of shopkeepers.
“He was baptised Pedro not Christopher,” Mr Villalonga told ABC newspaper.
He added that his family name was Scotto, and he was of Scottish origin.
“He had light-coloured eyes and freckles. He also had blond hair even though it quickly turned white. That’s how his contemporaries described him. Nothing like the traditional images (of him), which are totally invented,” the historian said.
Mr Villalonga cited a chronicle of Catholic kings written by Lucio Marineo Siculo, who referred in his writings to “Pedro Columbus”, not Christopher.
The historian has also claimed that the navigator once worked for a pirate called Vincenzo Columbus, and adopted that family name in order not to “expose” his relations.
Mr Villalonga said his research involved combing the archives in the Genoa region along with those in the Spanish history academy and national library.