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  1. Interesting stuff. I didn’t even know such a debate existed. I was taught that he was an Italian (or in what is now Italy) that was commissioned by Spain (or by Isabella and Ferdinand, whose growing nation which at some point became Spain) and that was the end of that.

    Comment by trumwill — 03/11/2021 @ 06:56:24 PM

  2. Oh, it’s been a debate for forever in Europe. They even spell his name differently, to drive their points home: In Italian, he’s Colombo, in Spanish, he’s Colon. Beyond ethinicity, it’s status: He might have been born in Italy, but he effectively emigrated to Spain. All that.

    Comment by CT — 03/12/2021 @ 11:47:02 AM

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