Columbus’ strong ties to Portugal have led many to believe he was born there, not in Genoa. … In 2012, Fernando Branco, an engineering professor at the University of Lisbon, published a book that argued that Columbus was actually Portuguese-born and his real name was Pedro Ataíde.
What did Christopher Columbus do in Portugal?
Although neither Portuguese-born nor sponsored, Columbus was Portuguese trained. He went to Lisbon in 1476 and remained there for several years, seeking the support of the Portuguese king and gathering nautical and geographic intelligence from the returning sailors.
Did Columbus leave from Portugal?
Columbus himself became a member of the weaver’s guild, but for unknown reasons he went to sea as a young man. After being shipwrecked off the coast of Portugal in 1476, he ended up in Lisbon where his brother Bartolomeo was working as a mapmaker.
Did Africans discover America?
Even more ancient African skeletons that would clearly predate Columbus’ arrival in the Americas were discovered throughout Central America and South America with some even being unearthed in what is now California.