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Hi! Welcome to my personal website about Christopher Columbus in philately. My name is Francisco Piniella (Paco). In 1987 I founded the "Grupo Temático Colombino de España" (Spanish Tematic Group about Columbus in Philately) and its journal "Fichero'92". This philatelic society dissapeared in 1993.

Information about columbian issues is collated specially from my catalogue ("Catalogo Temático Colombino"), published by FESOFI in 1989 -Spanish Federation of Philatelic Societies, but also from different books (Lauzon, Moreno, Dávila, Maineri,...), and articles from specialist journals and magazines. 

This website is written in English in order to be understood from all philatelists around the World. Please excuse my language if you see some mistakes.My mother tongue is the Spanish, obviously. My acknoledgments to "Discovery", journal of the U.S. Columbus Philatelic Society. Its articles are an important source of information for this site.

Last update: September 28, 2002             New links added: March 25, 2001
 
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After five centuries, Columbus remains a mysterious and controversial figure who has been variously described as one of the greatest mariners in history, a visionary genius, a mystic, a national hero, a failed administrator, a naive entrepreneur, and a ruthless and greedy imperialist.

Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa in 1451. He was the eldest of five children. His next brother, Bartholomew planned the great voyage with him and became his right-hand man in all his enterprises.

His father was a wool-weaver and his mother was the daughter of a wool-weaver. Columbus helped his father but at the age of twenty he decided to become a sailor.

Columbus believed that the earth was round. He thought he could reach the Indies by sailing west. Many people did not agree with him. Some still thought that the earth was flat. Others said that the earth and the Atlantic Ocean were too big,that ships would not be able to sail to the Indies and return safely.

Nobody in Europe knew that America existed. Columbus did not have ships or money. He asked many rich people for help but all refused. Finally, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain gave him three ships called The pinta The Nina and The Santa Maria. They also gave him money to pay sailors. But many sailors feared the Atlantic Ocean and refused to go with him. Columbus had to give very high wages to get crews for his ships. The ships left Spain on August 3rd 1492. First they sailed south to the Canary Islands. There they loaded the ships with extra food and drink. In September Columbus sailed westwards across the Atlantic. After a while the sailors became frightened because it was the longest time they had ever been out of sight of land. They thought they would all die. After about two nights they saw a white sandy beach ahead. They all went rushing to see if they had reached the Indies... Today, we live history in real time, but most of all, we are conscious that Mankind lives in societies whose destinies were separated by reciprocal ignorance. When Columbus sighted for the first time the shores of AMERICA, he did not only see the small horizon of an island, he discovered the vast horizon of the planets of all men.

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Awards - Website

   

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Stamp Site of the Week

   

 2001

   

Awards - Exhibit

   
1998 Portugal - FIP
  GOLD MEDAL + SPECIAL PRIZE
   
1997 San Francisco - FIP
  LARGE VERMEIL + SPECIAL PRIZE
   
1996 Istambul - FIP
  LARGE VERMEIL
   
1992 Granada - FIP
  LARGE VERMEIL
   
1992 Genova - FIP
  LARGE VERMEIL
   
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