By AMY HARMON
Published: October 8, 2007
"BARCELONA, Spain — When schoolchildren turn to the chapter on Christopher Columbus’s humble origins as the son of a weaver in Genoa, they are not generally told that he might instead have been born out of wedlock to a Portuguese prince. Or that he might have been a Jew whose parents converted to escape the Spanish Inquisition. Or a rebel in the medieval kingdom of Catalonia."
Continued at New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/08/us/08columbus.html