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Cristoforo Columbo (a Genoese wool worker) was said to be born in Genoa in 1451, according to the standard biography, but the explorer and discoverer was known in Spain as Cristóbal Colón. That name is not the natural Spanish equivalent of the Genoese, “Colombo.” It is not at all clear that Columbo, the wool worker, and Cristóbal Colón were the same person.


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