Without doubt Christopher Columbus is one of the weirdest guys in the history books. And that’s saying a lot. Particularly since everybody knows his name, yet in reality we know so very little about him. A lot of the stuff we know is conjecture in itself, just starting with the fact of what he actually looked like. All portraits were done out of pure fantasy by the artists, or based on word-of mouth descriptions.
Here are a few more mind-blowing facts from our Instagram feed. How much of them are true or just theories remains to be discovered.
1. We Don’t Really Know His Name
Yep, its only his artist name, if you will, his nom de plume… Or nom de guerre, as it were. A well known but little mentioned fact. His own son explained that his father had chosen it for its uber-Catholic implications. It means “The Bearer of Christ”. An interesting side note is that it was also a time of Jewish persecution, so a lot of Jews changed their names to something “Christian” or “Catholic” to blend in…
2. The Mysterious Light
(Not actual historical footage) The night before his landing on #Guanahani he saw (according to his diary) a light “like a small wax candle that rose and lifted up”. There is no more mentioning of it beyond that note. But it is known that the island he landed on was flat and without hills, as were most other islands in the area. This shows it couldn’t have been a fire on a hill. So what did he see? A video posted by Cool Facts About The DR&Haiti (@kiskeya.life) on
3. Columbus, The Self-Proclaimed Prophet
4. The Mysterious Island
While there is an island that has laid claim to being said #SanSalvador, there is a list of islands that are more likely candidates, including #SamanaCay #Caycos and even #GrandTurk and a string of others. Which island the real #Guanahani was, remains heavily debated by #historians. A photo posted by Cool Facts About The DR&Haiti (@kiskeya.life) on
5. Mona Lisa’s Lover
Canadian Author Jacques Abenaim developed an interesting theory about the connection of Columbus and Da Vinci in his book ‘Mona Lisa’s Mad Love Affair’. As they both lived at the same time and even had a similar age, it is possible both DaVinci and of course Columbus knew Queen Isabella of Spain. Abenaim in fact goes as far as to state that the reason why Isabella was willing to pay for Columbus’ voyage with her own money was because the two were lovers. The possible Columbus-Isabella affair theory is nothing new, but Abenaim postulates that Da Vinci, aware of the love affair, drew many images depicting the two. Most famously Columbus as the Vitruvian Man, and Mona Lisa — Queen Isabella.