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Colom of Catalonia: Origins of Christopher Columbus Revealed Paperback – October 1, 2008

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"It has been speculated that . . . Columbus was not Italian. Merrill . . . takes up the case that Columbus was from . . . Catalonia. Absolute proof is unlikely . . . but Merrill's argument is solid."  —Book News Inc.



"This is not the first time a Catalan nationality has been claim[ed] for Columbus . . . but Merrill . . . argues convincingly."   —College & Research Libraries News

About the Author

Charles J. Merrill is an associate professor of foreign languages at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He lives in Frederick, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Demers Books LLC (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981600220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981600222
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,885,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard Detwiler on July 30, 2009
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I've read several bestseller mystery novels this summer, but enjoyed more Merrill's non-fiction detective story about the origins and identity of Columbus. This book is a great place to be introduced to several centuries worth of scholarship on Columbus's origins. Merrill helps us look at the documentary evidence for all the possibilities, and then lays out a very compelling, well-documented, well-reasoned argument that Columbus was a native Catalan-speaker surnamed Colom.

This book should appear way higher than it does on Amazon lists for results of searches on "Columbus, origins" and even "Colom".

Disclaimer: Chuck and I hitchhiked north from Salamanca in the fall of 1969. We've stayed in intermittent, irregular contact since then. I was looking for some Columbus material to use with my high school Spanish classes a couple of years ago, when I was surprised to find Merrill in a Discovery Channel video about the Columbus origins, and a chance telephone conversation with him a couple of weeks ago let me know that his book had been published last winter. If not for our relationship, I wouldn't know the book existed. It really belongs in all public, university, and private libraries with any books about Columbus.
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Merrill's book is a welcome and important addition to scholarship on Columbus, however, the Catalonian theory is unconvincing. The book is obviously overpriced, but it is pretty good. Like many modern historians, Merrill seems to be a contrarian seeking publicity and book sales. The Catalonian conspiracy theorists never seem to discuss the most obvious and plausible reason Columbus took on some Catalonian characteristics. Columbus found himself at Sea in his youth, and in Spain when he was older. He sought to improve and ingratiate himself by assimilating wherever he went. The Genoese are known to be highly intelligent and industrious people, excelling in all human endeavors: the Arts, Science, Medicine, Business, Finance, etc. Columbus was a highly intelligent and capable Genoese man, but he was the son of a weaver. By his own words, he left for life at Sea at an early age, taking on the language and customs of his new homes. It is no different than Italian-American children who have left Italy at a young age and took on the English language and American customs. Perhaps Columbus was self-conscious about his humble origins. It was quite reasonable for Columbus to have elevated his standing by associating with elite Catalonians with a similar name, learning their language and customs. But Columbus was, by his own words, and records in Genoa, a Genoese man. What do the Catalonian theorists say about the absence of Columbus' birth records in Catalonia? He was illegitimate. Nonsense. See the review by Domenico Rosa, below, for more evidence. I applaud Merrill for gathering together a great deal of scholarship on Columbus, but his slanting of the evidence and far-fetched conclusions are patently erroneous. If this is the best presentation of the Catalonian theory, and I believe it is, we can safely discard the theory, along with the theory that Columbus was Jewish, which has also been disproved
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It's easy to get caught up in the international, internecine drama of medieval royal families, not to mention the simmering nationalistic conflicts, historical cover-ups, trans-Atlantic voyages, etc. Come for the wit and the awesome names, stay for the convincing scholarship.
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I'm really impressed by author's excellent work in order to present the lacks of the most outstanding versions about Columbus origins, carefully explaining all along very good reasons to think that he was a Catalan.
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