Christopher Columbus, our countryman
All friends visiting us choose our facilities each summer for many reasons: our treatment, comfort, service ... But one of the factors is the sea. Our sea of Vigo, full of nooks and crannies that coast harbors, is not only a wild beauty misterosa constant but the waves were written about some of the best verses of the first Galician-Portuguese literature and its estuary lived all kinds of amazing chapters of history. Our sea is our right, and his past is also ours so we want to share with you a theory that longstanding but now returns with force, endorsed by historical research: the hypothesis that Christopher Columbus was born somewhere in Pontevedra.
We tell you this because we want to know our camping and everything about him and this is the environment and its history.
Seldom has such an important source for the history of Europe was so unknown person. No one knows what he was up admiral presented by Columbus before the courts of Castile and Portugal with a boiled egg in one hand and a map of the end of the world in the other. Speculations are today if it was Genoese sailor named Colombo, if grown as a Catalan boy named Colom ...
Then we also have something to say.
Well, not exactly us. But there Galician researchers for over a century defending a hypothesis with evidence that, at least, make us value the story they tell us.
Two researchers Pontevedra, Celso Garcia de la Waters in the nineteenth century and in the twentieth Phillippot Alfonso, were responsible for propping this theory. Garcia of the Waters, born in Pontevedra, was the first to attack the Genoese Columbus theory.
Garcia said the Waters, the evidence of Galician origin of Columbus was based on the coincidence of the name "Columbus" in Poio. The findings of García de La Waters sustetan that both the oral tradition and the records of the fifteenth century were preserved in the monastery of Poio persistence of the name was remarkable.
Philippot went beyond and gave a revolutionary twist to the approach pioneered by García of Waters. According Philippot, the person named "Christopher Columbus", which barely knew each other details of his past was actually Admiral Pedro Alvarez de Soutomaior, alias Pedro Madruga, a formidable and ruthless pontevedrés warrior and prototype of the medieval knight: hard, brave, warlike, cruel to his enemies, and faithful to his. Pedro Madruga was the illegitimate son of the Earl of Soutomaior and came to take control of the family home despite his bastard origin and against the wishes of his father.
But who was Pedro Madruga?
Pedro Madruga Galicia garnered fame for his rough performance in the Gran Irmandiña War, which pitted the lower orders of society - Third Estate more knights and clergy under-against taller, including the house Soutomaior was counted. Even though the people emerged victorious in the first two years of the war and was knocking down castles that were paying, the counter of the nobility was final and here emerges the figure of Pedro Madruga.
Madruga had to flee to Portugal, but independent kingdom and fraternal ties with Galicia, and from there garnered sympathy of the Portuguese nobility. Madruga formed a Galician-Portuguese army entered Galicia for our region. From here, the plan was to get to Santiago and combine forces with the Archbishop to destroy the Irmandade.
After several episodes in which Madruga demonstrated their ingenuity in battle and defeated cruelty to excessive even by the standards of the time, the nobility regained control of the situation. Madruga continued its relentless climb to the total power in Galicia and eliminated all opposition to overshadow pretendiese. His power was settled when the war of succession between Isabella of Castile and Juana la Beltraneja. Pedro Madruga chose the side of the Beltraneja and led behind the secular nobility of Galicia and the Portuguese crown. Defeated in a campaign desatrosa Castilla, on his return to Galicia found his archenemy, the archbishop of Santiago, had regained ground. Madruga, far from flinching, hatched a plan of attack against the archbishop.
After a series of conflicts that plunged the country into chaos, the Catholic kings decided to break the power of the Galician magnate and here came close. Tells part of the story who died in 1486 in Alba de Tormes but Philippot and other historians as Rodrigo Cota and calligraphic experts argue that only his name but died the man fled to Madeira and from there, Christopher Columbus was born.
The arguments allude especially vital to the coincidence of birth-dates, training, marriage, age of offspring - "riddled with twists his writings in Galician," his exhaustive knowledge of the Pontevedra estuary or the fact that it was first bishop of Santo Domingo and personal friend of Columbus what place himself in Galicia before the first trip. Both characters just call their children, Cardinal Mendoza, Pedro Madruga protector, he was also of Columbus and the chronicler Francesillo Zuniga and mentioned in the sixteenth century Soutomaior Diego (son of Pedro Madruga), as the son of Columbus.
Also, Columbus was "baptized" to every place in the new world with names of towns in the Rias Baixas.
Calligraphic arguments are also interesting: the shapes of the letters are very similar in both characters, so many coincidences that are further proof that this is the same person, in spite of the reservations with which other scholars observe subject.
Such a controversial theory that the same researchers find it difficult to explain what they find is.
And what are you saying?