Columbus - off topic

Polycarp66 at Polycarp66 at
Fri Jul 19 19:36:08 EDT 2002

In a message dated 7/19/2002 7:02:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
rosewalk at writes:

> As I understand, he was a Marrano (secretly a Jew, to escape death)
> shoshanna
> Some may find it interesting to note, as I understand it, that some
> believe that Columbus was a Sephardic Jew, who undertook the trip partly
> to escape persecution.

This is something of a revelation to me since I had never heard it 
previously.  It seems somewhat problematic, however, since the Sephardic Jews 
are from Spain -- correct?  Columbus was Italian.

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