Was Christopher Columbus on a secret mission? Rosa to give presentation at Potomac State College

Was Christopher Columbus on a journey to discover a new world, or was he on a radically different mission than what history has taught?  Was he actually a prince?  And why did he have to keep his true identity a secret?  These, and other interesting insights will be answered by Manuel Rosa, when he presents “Columbus: The Untold Story” on Monday, October 9 (Columbus Day) at 4:30 p.m. in the Mary F. Shipper Library on the West Virginia University Potomac State College campus in Keyser.  This lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Manuel RosaWidely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on Columbus, Rosa was drawn into his own impassioned ‘voyage of discovery’ while doing research in 1991, during preparations for the quin-centennial in Spain and Portugal. 

Unveiling Robert Rasche’s painting, Fort Navidad, which depicts the fate of Columbus’ flagship, the Santa María, Rosa will present dramatic new findings, which he has declared proves conclusively that the Santa María was not accidentally lost at sea on Christmas Eve of 1492, as has long been believed; but instead, it was marooned.

Though the reasoning to support this claim is both too intricate and too broad in scope to be summarized in a few words, Rosa believes that the complexity of the myth, and the confusion and controversy surrounding it for centuries, will be debunked. 

Rosa’s book has been translated into English and was the winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award in World History. It has also been hailed as the best self-published book on history in 2016 bythe Huffington Post.

His book was also reviewed by Dr. E. Lee Spence, underwater archaeologist and president of the Sea Research Society, who said, “I have been doing historical research for over 50 years and found Manuel Rosa's book to be an extraordinary piece of archival research.”

Rosa, a native of Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, currently serves as an IT analyst for the Duke Cancer Institute at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and as a part-time historical sleuth. 

A question and answer session will follow. For more information about the lecture or questions regarding parking, please call the Mary F. Shipper Library at 304-788-6901.