"Genovese nobleman or Catalan pirate? Adventurous explorer or greedy tyrant? What if the Italian gentleman who discovered America was in fact a brutal torturer and slave owner? And what if he wasn't even Italian?" Two Spanish scholars hope to answer some of the long-debated questions about Christopher Columbus using newly obtained evidence.
Geneticist José Antonio Lorente has collected DNA samples from hundreds of people in southwest Europe to try to pinpoint Columbus' origin. Historian Conseulo Varela uncovered a new transcript of the explorer's trial which sheds new light on his character and his conduct as governor in the New World.