Cause to Celebrate Christopher Columbus – The History You Don’t Know

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What’s in a name?

Cristobol Columba

Christopher | From the Late Greek name Χριστοφορος (Christophoros) meaning “bearing CHRIST“, derived from Χριστος (Christos) combined with φερω (phero) “to bear, to carry”. 

Columbus | A derivative of the Latin word columba, meaning lamb

I, he says, in order that they would be friendly to us because I recognized that they were people who would be better freed and converted to our Holy Faith by love than by force to some of them I gave red caps, and glass beads which they put on their chests, and many other things of small value, in which they took so much pleasure and became so much our friends that it was a marvel. 

The Diario of Christopher Columbus (October 11-15, 1492)

The untold story of the role of Spanish monarchs in the New World is a history of Christian evangelism throughout South America, Central America, and North America.

History in a Nutshell

Ownership of Jerusalem by the Jews dates from about 986 BC when King David conquered the city. Over the following centuries, the city came under the control of various non-Jewish rulers, including Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Muslim, and Roman.

Christianity in Jerusalem began on the Day of Pentecost, 33 AD. In 610 years later, Muhammad began his new religion that would be known as Islam.

Muslim control of Jerusalem began in 637 AD with the conquest of the City of David and essentially remained under Muslim dominance until 1099 when the Christian Crusaders retook Jerusalem. Jerusalem remained a holy city of the Jews and Christians until Muslims recaptured it in 1187.

Christian pilgrims had to pass through Muslim territories to access Jerusalem, a journey fraught with peril of robbery, murder, and kidnappings by Muslims. The Knights Templar came into being in 1118 AD to protect the pilgrims and manage their finances.

The Knights Templar set up a prosperous network of banks and gained enormous financial influence. Their banking system allowed religious pilgrims to deposit assets in their home countries and withdraw funds in the Holy Land.

Why all this hubbub about the Knights of Columbus and the crusades? Bear with me.

Christopher Columbus’ goal was not conquest of a new land for the Queen of Spain but to find a new way to Jerusalem for the purpose of recapturing the city from the Muslims.

he wanted to find enough gold and the almost equally valuable spices “in such quantity that the sovereigns… will undertake and prepare to go conquer the Holy Sepulchre; for thus I urged Your Highnesses to spend all the profits of this my enterprise on the conquest of Jerusalem”

Stanford University | Columbus’s Ultimate Goal: Jerusalem

Treasures of silver and gold from the New World served to finance Christian missions, many of which stand today as memorials to the work of Christopher Columbus.

When you next visit San Antonio, Texas, visit the four Spanish missions along the San Antonio River south of downtown. All four of those missions are active Catholic Churches to this day. The structure of a fifth mission survives today as a museum, La Misión de San Antonio de Valero – the Alamo.

The big story of Christopher Columbus was reclaiming Jerusalem from the Muslims.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May they prosper who love you.

Psalm 122:6 NKJV

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