Christopher Columbus

by madman on February 17, 2016

Birth Name: Cristoforo Colombo

Date of Birth: before 31 October, 1451

Place of Birth: Genoa, Republic of Genoa (present-day Italy)

Date of Death: 20 May, 1506

Place of Death: Valladolid, Crown of Castile (present-day Spain)

Ethnicity: Italian

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer. While attempting to reach India from Europe via the Atlantic Ocean, under the auspices of the Spanish monarchs, he discovered America (although he was not the first European to reach the continent). This led to the colonization of the Americas by western coutries. He was the 1st Governor of the Indies, from 1492 to 1499.

Christopher was the son of Susanna (Fontanarossa) and Domenico Colombo. His father was born in Genoa, Italy. His mother was born in Bisagno, Italy.

Cristopher’s paternal grandparents were Giovanni Colombo (the son of Lucas Colombo). Giovanni was born in Chiavari, Italy. Lucas was the son of Antonio Colombo. Christopher’s paternal grandmother was born in Quinto, Italy.

Christopher’s maternal grandfather was Giacomo Fontanarrosa. Giacomo was born in Bisagno, Italy.

Christopher’s religion was Roman Catholic.

He is sometimes speculated to have been of Jewish origin. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Sources: Genealogies of Christopher Columbus –

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew August 29, 2017 at 3:53 pm

If you report the speculation about him being of Jewish origin, you should also add all the other ones. However several notarial acts certify that he was Genoese.

andrew October 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm
andrew August 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

“de Sconocida”= unknown

andrew October 11, 2016 at 5:05 am

* Valladolid, Crown of Castile (present-day Spain)

fuzzybear44 October 11, 2016 at 12:14 am

Quote(Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer)

I don’t think that’s what people in Latin America call him

savanna October 10, 2016 at 10:47 am

The familysearch link is dead.

bablah October 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Works for me, I just have to sign in to familysearch to open it.

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