Columbus Monuments Pages
Largo Cristóvão Colombo
Christopher Columbus(prob. Cogoleto, Republic of Genua, c. 1451 - Valladolid 1506)
Italian explorer, who in Spanish service completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of America (see Background Information)
Bronze statue of Columbus, standing on a globe.
The statue was unveiled 28 October 2006.
The town of Cuba in the Alentejo, Portugal, is one of the towns claiming to be the birth place of Christopher Columbus. His read name should be Salvador Fernandes Zarco, being the grandson of João Gonçalves Zarco, the discoverer of Madeira (statue).
The main argument is the name of the town, given by Columbus to the largest island in the West-Indies: "He gave the name Cuba to the second island because it was the name of his birthplace in Portugal." (da Silva, see below).
However, if this was true, why did Columbus note the name first as Colba and stated that is was a aboriginal name? He wrote: "Afterwards I shall set sail for another very large island which I believe to be Cipango, according to the indications I receive from the Indians on board. They call the Island Colba, and say there are many large ships, and sailors there." (text from Medieval Sourcebook).
About the name Cuba there is now general consesus that it is a local name, probably meaning something like cultivated land. See the article The name of Cuba by Sergio Valdés Bernal from Cubarte (Word file here).
Homenagem da Câmara Municipal de Cuba e do Núcleo de Amigos de Cuba
28 outubro 2006
o descobridor das américas sempre escondeu
o mistério e as especulações perduraram mais
recentemente, notáveis historiadores e
filho do infante d. fernando, duque de bela e de
28 outubro 1492 – "cristovão colon" descobriu a
a outros sítios do novo mundo foi atribuindo
· s. cristovão · sta catarina
Homage of the Municipal Chamber of Cuba and the Friends of Cuba Nucleus
28 October 2006
the origin and true identity of the discoverer of
speculation has persisted for more than 500 years.
recently remarkable historians and researchers
son of infante d. fernando, duke of beja and of d. isabel
28 October 1492 – "Cristovão Colon" discovers an
Other places in the new world has been attributed
· S. Cristovão · Sta Catarina
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Item Code: ptat002; Added: 26 December 2006 / Photograph: 6 January 2011 / Updated: 5 September 2017
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