May 3, 2013 |
ROME -- The first European renditions of Native Americans, made shortly after Christopher Columbus returned from his first trip to the Americas, may have been discovered under layers of grime on a neglected fresco at the Vatican. The tiny figures of naked men dancing with feathered headdresses have been discovered in a fresco of the resurrection of Christ in an apartment once used by Pope Alexander VI, a member of the Borgia family. Closed off for centuries by later popes seeking to distance themselves from the notoriously corrupt Borgias, the room stood empty, and the fresco, completed in 1494 by the artist Pinturicchio, was allowed to accumulate dust.
February 1, 2010
Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island's beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log: They . . . brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks' bells.
January 15, 2008 |
The spread of syphilis across the globe was probably sparked by Christopher Columbus and his crew, who ferried the bacterium, or a version of it, from the New World to the Old World, according to a new genetic analysis published Monday. A comparison of 23 strains of Treponema pallidum bacterium found that the modern variety that causes the sexually transmitted disease was most closely related to bacteria collected from a remote tribe in Guyana.
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.