June 2, 2006 |
A contemporary copy of a letter Christopher Columbus wrote while returning from the New World will be offered for sale at the Antiquarian Booksellers Assn. book fair in London this month, its price tag set at $900,000. The eight-page document, known as the "Epistola Christofori Colum" (Columbus Letter), is a Latin translation of a letter he wrote to his royal Spanish sponsors, Ferdinand and Isabella of Aragon and Castile, on his return voyage.
May 20, 2006 |
Scientists said Friday that they had confirmed that at least some of Christopher Columbus' remains were buried inside a Spanish cathedral, a finding that could help end a century-old debate over the explorer's final resting place. DNA samples from 500-year-old bone slivers could contradict the Dominican Republic's competing claim that the explorer was laid to rest in the New World, said Marcial Castro, a Seville-area historian and high school teacher who devised the study that began in 2002.
May 20, 2006 |
IT WAS 500 years ago today, in a small house in Valladolid, Spain, that the man known then as Cristobal Colon (and to us today as Christopher Columbus) gathered around him his two sons, one of his brothers, some seafaring comrades and his seven servants and gave himself over to the last rites of the Catholic Church, knowing he was about to die. At the age of 55, the man who had changed the world more than any other European, before or since, departed it.
May 18, 2006
I'm sure that I'm not the only one who was struck by the following sentence in the article on the search for the national origin of Christopher Columbus: "Of course, the fact remains that Columbus wasn't the first to step on what became American soil. The Irish, Vikings and maybe even the Chinese got here earlier" (Opinion, May 15). Indeed, others got here much earlier, thousands of years before anyone arrived on a ship from across the Atlantic or Pacific. These travelers also stayed, and in so doing also changed history, even though they're still thought so insignificant that they are routinely erased from even the parentheses of the master narrative so tiresomely recounted in your newspaper.
May 15, 2006 |
IN A SCENE straight out of the television show "CSI," Spanish forensic scientists spent the first few months of this year taking DNA samples from citizens of the Catalan region of Spain and southern France, seeking to answer one of history's greatest unsolved mysteries: determining the true identity of Christopher Columbus. The investigation is being led by Dr.
August 21, 2005 |
THINK back to high school history class: Remember the part about buffalo in the New World? It probably went something like this: When Europeans began settling the interior of North America in the 17th century, they encountered pristine forests and a vast prairie crowded with millions of the giant horned mammals along with countless other animals and birds.