The travels of the dead Christopher Columbus

Columbus’ tomb in Seville’s Cathedral

This post by Mark McGuire appeared in The Times Union.

Christopher Columbus, whose holiday is celebrated Monday, made five trips to the New World.

Four came when he was alive.

Spain says it has the remains of the 15th Century explorer, after they traveled from two locations in Spain, to the Dominican Republic, to Cuba and back to Spain over the centuries after his 1506 death.

But despite DNA testing in 2006 confirming the Spain remains are in fact that of Columbus, Dominicans maintain Columbus is still entombed in Santo Domingo.

They maintain the Spaniards, looking to remove Columbus after ceding Hispaniola to France in 1795, took the wrong body.

The body was supposedly taken to Cuba, then back to Spain during the Spanish-American War.
In 1877 a boxed containing bones and the inscription, “Illustrious and distinguished male, don Cristobal Colon,” was discovered in Santo Domingo. (Those remains have not been tested.)

Perhaps his travels ended there after all. Perhaps portions of his remains in are in both places. He’s out there somewhere.

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