Sobre o livro
This is a compilation of relevant facts about the most recent discoveries that have been brought to light about the personality and origins of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of America in 1492.
The book dedicates particular emphasis to investigations which suggest that the discoverer of America was of Portuguese origin and includes arguments of the main scholars of this subject, such as Mascarenhas Barreto, Manuel Rosa, Roiz de Quental, José Rodrigues dos Santos and Manuel Luciano da Silva, whose work inspired Manoel de Oliveira to make the film, "Christopher Columbus, the Enigma". It is nowadays clear that the Genoese weaver Cristoforo Colombo could never have been the navigator and therefore we are presented with two distinct personalities, both separately documented. Everything indicates that the Admiral was a noble Portuguese, firstborn of D. Fernando Duke of Beja and Isabel Goncalves Zarco, daughter of the discoverer of Madeira and Porto Santo, João Gonçalves Zarco.
An intricate historical plot, starred by D. João II, explains the mysteries surrounding the identity of a man who was named Salvador Fernandes Zarco but better known as Cristobal Colon, whose nationality only comes to public debate 70 years after his death when an Italian family with the surname Colombo presented to the Court a will (which now is known to be a forged document) in an attempt to obtain Colon’s legacy. The courts of law judged against the petitioners and the legacy was granted to D. Nuno of Portugal, grandson of Colon´s own Portuguese son. This and many other evidences are reported in this book, which includes the latest results of DNA analysis showing that the discoverer of America, then called "Infante of Portugal", was not Italian, French or Spanish.
The book, which is written in a journalistic style and is profusely illustrated, includes reports and interviews with the most relevant worldwide public figures related to this subject, also refers every work published on the subject and it’s overall intent is to be an easy to read summary, well presented chronologically, of a historical mystery that remains to this day.
The author of this book is Pedro Laranjeira, a journalist and director of the magazine Perspectiva, who has published several articles on the subject and has participated in numerous conferences and congresses about the thesis that Christopher Columbus was Portuguese, and has also spoken on this subject in secondary schools all over the country.
This work has already been published in Portuguese, English and Spanish, and has in press translations into German, Italian, French, Dutch, and Chinese, under the generic title "The Portuguese who discovered America."