Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal, and Manuel Rosa MANUEL DA SILVA ROSA: Portuguese-American Historian born at Madalena, Pico Island, Azores in 1961, who emigrated with his parents to the Boston area in 1973.
He holds an Associates in Science degree form Bunker Hill Community College and over the years he has donned many professional hats. In 1976, Manuel received the Boston Globe's Art Merit Award and in the 1980s became one of the industry’s top professionals in the creation of prepress digital artwork for the books and magazines of some major publishers and was a digital artwork consultant to Prentice Hall. In different stages of his career, he worked on page layout for a multitude of newspapers, books and magazines including The Atlantic Monthly and Boston Magazine. In the year 2000, he began a new career in IT with Lockheed Martin Corporation, contracted with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where his professionalism and high standards of quality earned him Lockheed Martin’s Lightning Award, in 2002. Currently he is employed by Duke University’s Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
As a musician and songwriter, Manuel played drums for Lix, an original rock band that achieved some success in the Boston area in the mid 80s but his life changed in 1991 when working on the English translation of Mascarenhas Barreto’s book about a Portuguese Columbus. Since then, Manuel Rosa has spent all the non-work hours of his life in intensive investigation of documents, letters, and chronicles, traveling nearly half the world in search of the truth; Dominican Republic, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Madeira, Lithuania and even Poland. The new information he garnered about Columbus resulted in the publishing of his first book, O Mistério Colombo Revelado, (The Mystery of Columbus Revealed), Ésquilo, Lisbon, 2006.
Now, with the publishing of his second book “Colombo Português-Novas Revelações” (Portuguese Columbus-New Revelations) Ésquilo, Lisbon, 2009, Manuel Rosa solidified his claim as the only Historian to bring to light new information about Columbus in the last 500 years. Among some of his claims are: - Proof that the ship Santa Maria never sank but was left onshore to maroon the Spanish King’s men. - Proof that the Last Will of 1498 attributed to Columbus is false. - Proof that Columbus was a Portuguese nobleman and uncle to high Portuguese noblemen long before appearing in Spain. - Proof that his assumed name was not Columbus but Colón and neither of these are the navigator’s original name. - Proof that Columbus was never lost and always knew he was nowhere near India. These and other claims presented have succeeded for the first time in poking holes in the official history of “a poor and lost woolweaver Colombo from Genoa” and this book shows Columbus as a genius who was a Portuguese spy involved in tricking the Spanish to protect the Portuguese overseas conquests.
Mr. Rosa was the only Portuguese Historian to participate in the DNA investigation that was done on Columbus’s bones at the University of Granada in Spain and his 18 years of investigating have already earned him the description of the most knowledgeable academic of our day on the factual details of the life of Columbus. His published work is rigorous and solid enough to receive a Preface from Professor Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão (Ex-President of the University of Lisbon and President of the Portuguese Academy of History from 1975 to 2006. Professor Serrão affirmed that Mr. Rosa “had made a meticulous study of the life and deeds of Columbus and nothing invalidates the concept that Columbus was truly born in Portugal.“ A Spanish Edition is due to be released in Spain on November 24th, 2009. More details at: http://www.Colombo.bz