by Sofía Ramos and Irene Rubio
His remains were first buried in Valladolid and then at the monastery of La Cartuja in Seville (Spain). Then in 1542, his remains were transferred to Santo Domingo, in La Española. After the French took power over La Española his remains were moved to Havana, Cuba. After Cuba became independent in 1898, his remains were moved back to the cathedral of Seville in Spain. The inscription on the lead box reads “Don Christopher Columbus.” It was discovered in Santo Domingo, in La Española (1877). The box contained fragments of bone and they said they were the real remains of Christopher Columbus. To know who were the right remains, the ones in Santo Domingo or the others in Seville, they took DNA samples in June (2003). Unfortunately, the results were not useful, for only a few fragments of michondrial DNA could be used. They compared it with the remains of Columbus’s brother, thinking that they have the same mother. The authorities in Santo Domingo have not allowed the opening of Columbus tomb in La Española. So it is unknown if any of those remains were of Christopher Columbus.
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