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    DNA paper sets out to establish the true origins of Christopher Columbus.

    There are many controversies about the life and legacy of Christopher Columbus, especially in terms of his true country of origin. While most historians believe that Columbus was from Genoa, Italy, there are other people who argue that he was Catalan due to his writing or, Jewish, Aragonese, Galician, Majorcan, or from La Mancha.


    Therefore, Spanish researchers try to end the dispute on where Columbus was born by a DNA study.

    The results of the final stage of DNA research on tiny samples of what scientists believe are the remains of Columbus, his son Fernando and his brother Diego, will be analysed independently by laboratories in Europe and the Americas and should be published in October.



    http://DNA study sets out to establi...| The Guardian

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    How will the DNA prove where he was born?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archetype0ne View Post
    How will the DNA prove where he was born?


    Surely Columbus' DNA won‘t reveal where he was born or where he grew up or where he had citizenship. That said, the researchers can use strontium isotope to determine where he was born or grew up. The thing is that most people are interested in who Columbus was ethnically speaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by real expert View Post
    Surely Columbus' DNA won‘t reveal where he was born or where he grew up or where he had citizenship. That said, the researchers can use strontium isotope to determine where he was born or grew up. The thing is that most people are interested in who Columbus was ethnically speaking.

    there are 2 stories

    1 - born and raised in Republic of Genoa

    2 - born in Catalonia............raised in Genoa and claimed Genovese born and bred to get a commission to captain "Spanish"/Castilian/Leonese ships as the genovese where the bankers of the "Spanish" royals
    Fathers mtdna ...... T2b17
    Grandfather mtdna ... T1a1e
    Sons mtdna ...... K1a4p
    Mothers line ..... R1b-S8172
    Grandmother paternal side ... I1-CTS6397
    Wife paternal line ..... R1a-Z282

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    Quote Originally Posted by real expert View Post
    Surely Columbus' DNA won‘t reveal where he was born or where he grew up or where he had citizenship. That said, the researchers can use strontium isotope to determine where he was born or grew up. The thing is that most people are interested in who Columbus was ethnically speaking.
    TIL about strontium isotope. Great info thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torzio View Post
    there are 2 stories

    1 - born and raised in Republic of Genoa

    2 - born in Catalonia............raised in Genoa and claimed Genovese born and bred to get a commission to captain "Spanish"/Castilian/Leonese ships as the genovese where the bankers of the "Spanish" royals
    I wish there were only 2 stories.

    Some claim he was a Polish or Lithuanian prince in exile or a Sephardi Jew etc etc.

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    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Greek/Chios theory.

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