HE saved the best discovery till last.
For explorer Christopher Columbus was actually a Catalan Jew, a study has revealed.
During a time when Spanish Jews were being hunted down and executed across the peninsula, Columbus managed to keep his true identity a secret.
After analysing his letters, a professor at the University of Georgetown in Washington found that he wrote in dialect Catalan Ladino – used by Catalans with Jewish heritage at the time. The findings have been published in a study titled “The DNA of the writings of Columbus”.
Professor Estelle Irizarry – who made the discovery – explained that, although he wrote in Castilian, it was clearly not his first language.