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r Victor Hernández Cruz Sweka in Rabat, Morocco, that Colón was a Jew from Menorca, that he took off with another Spaniard who was to be his translator who was also Jewish, Luis de Torres, hidden actual name Yosef ben HaLevi HaIvri, born in the somewhere of the Jewish Diaspora that was Spain, perhaps Murcia. The translator spoke Aramaic, Arabic, and Hebrew, Arabic was the intellectual language of medieval Spain, and who knows if elsewhere they would encounter other Arabic-speaking enclaves or one of the lost tribes of Israel. Could the first nonnative words spoken in the New World have been “Salam alaikum” uttered by Luis el traductor as he approached the Taino chief. Columbus had run into King Ferdinand and Isabella la Católica in Granada, Andalucía, when the Arab caliphs were in ceremony with them handing them deeds of the city, they had just been conquered, giving them the keys to the Alhambra palace locale from which the Christians would administer the re-conquest. Into that drama there was el marinero Cristóbal Colón in the crowd, present, scoping the whole of history, mingling with the people, Muslims and Christians. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were cousins, no big thing in the Muslim society of Andalucía in those days where this type of pairing was common, rampant, cultivated by the families throughout the region. Listen, the guitar strings pluck the full moon, the fingernail made of seashells, weaving poetry the troubadours they went singing all the way to the doors of Europe, low Bordeaux, poets dressed like Moros (Moors), Troubadour poesía an approximation towards the lady, praises to the feminine, the gift of Andalucía to the world, serious research tells it influenced the first motions of lyric poetry in Europe. Cordoba biggest city in medieval Europe, did it swing 300,000 inhabitants, streets paved, oil lamp-lit lights with fires under benches, breezes caressing casual readers of books lounge upon benches within park garden walkways, flowers, orange trees citrus fragrance afloat. Public baths where perhaps philosophers Ibn Rushd and Maimonides bathed in the public bathhouses steam sauna heat opening pores elongated drift conversations through systems of possible ideas. Ibn Hazm perused his intuitions, researching his text on love and lovers, El collar de la Paloma: Tratado sobre el amor y los amantes, emotions, loves, lives floated the gardens of his thoughts through the city adorned of balcony flowers. Was Colón a lost Cohen-Kohan, all these names covered, hidden through so much obsession with purity of blood spread in a peninsula of turmoil. Did they mean one single Catholic outlook, purity of religion or purity of ethnicity? Blood what means blood. Historian J. H. Elliott hit the nail on the head when he described this mad obsession of Ferdinand and Isabella, a project he described as a “ruthless, ultimately self-destructive quest for an un-attainable purity.” King Ferdinand and Isabella la Católica, kissing cousins, went off the limb now that Granada was back under Christian rule, they were determined to bring all creatures in the peninsula to bow to the Catholic cross, thousands were burned at the stake, public barbecue, the Roman spirit, Latin joy of tribal х)́ݥѼ͡ɕ̰1ѥ)ݡЁѽȁхЁ)ѼаḬ1ѥéݡа)ӊé͕Aӊeٔ)͕̰ɹɕ)ɕɑ쁕ٕԁ ɥѥ)ЁѥԁݕɔԁѼ)ѡݥаɹѕ̰)Ѡѧѕ̰ɥمєɕ́є)ЁЁɑ̰х݅)ѡɽ՝չɽ́ݥѠչ̰)͠ɕ̰Ʌͥѥ䰁ɽ䁅)ѥ她յ̰ݡ)ɔݡԁ ՙ)MݕЁɽɔȁ́)ɕ́ѽɅѼѥʹ)-ɑ́ͥݕ) ѡչMݡ݅́Ёѡ)ѡٽ兝́Ʌѥ)Q͔ѡЁѼٔՕѡ)%եͥѥ]ݕɔ͍ٕɕЁ)ḾՍЁݼ-̰)Ʌ ѥ쁄չM)݅́ЁЁɵQɥ䁽)͕ѱ́͡ݕѼѡ ɥ)ѡЁ͕ѱ́ѡ)ݽɱЁЁ݅́MѼ)ͼ!͕Օѱ)M)Յ ѥфɕѕ)AՕѼI!م Չ)и Օє)ѽ͕́٥Յ́չ݅ɔ)ѡѡ̸Qɍٔѡ)Օ䁥ѕѡ́ԁٔ)Ѽ͕͔ٔѥѡ)Ёѡ̸)]Ё݅́ѡЁɥѕɹ)ɕՔͭ聙ՙ́ݡєՐ)ɥ̰̈́ѥչѕȰ)͠хЁѼ͔ѽͽ̰)ɕɅ́ѕչɽ)مɽѥ)ѡݕɔ٥ՍՔ)QȁѡMɑϊdѥٔ)х䁽݅٥̰)ݥѠɕɅ́Ʌݥɕ)ѡЁѠɔٕ̰݅)ɅѡɅ́ݕɔ͍ѕ)Ѽ̰ѡݕɔݕɕѕՕ)ȁȁ̰́ѡ䁝)Ѽѡɥȁ ͸݅ѥ)ѡ͡͡ɔ)ѠQѡѡ)х䁉Ёѽ͕٥ѡ)ѡ䁉͡ɥ)ݱ́ɑ́݅Ѽɥٕȸ)ɼ͡ѡѥ)ɥո%Ё݅́ѡ)ѥѡ5̰ѡ͔)́ձх́ѽ䁥Ёѥ)̸=ɼ5䰁ф̸!ѽ)́Ѽ+qAɽtqQյɄtqAɥȁՕɼɔ)́5չϊtɔɕɥѕ ɵͥ ɽ ) ѠѡMͣ !͔Aɕ̰ܤ) ɥЃ ܁Yѽȁ!ɻ )ɥ́եѥхɽ)́%Ё́ɽɥ)YՍЁͽձєѡ)Ё䁉ѡ9ɅՅɥѡ+qɥՕ̳tɕ͕ɍ)ձ́5ɍ԰)ɔɕѱѡ ɥɥѕ)) ɕܰ́ѕɥѥѼ)аȁѡ՝иYՍ)ѡѽɅ̃Ё)ѼЁ͕ȁѼɥՕ յ)YՍ͕٥ͥѕѡ)Ё9ɅՄݡ݅́ɥ)ݥѠȁɝ䰁ɅՑձЁ)ЁѽԁٔѼɽ܁Ѽ)ȁѡɽ䁽ѡѡ̸ٕ)QЁɥ͍́́ձ)Ё5ѥ]͕񱱕Ȱѡ)Ȱ܁͔ѡ)ѡɅɥɅ͝)ɅͱѥѼѡ܁ѥа)́ѡѡȁѥ́)̸ݡݕɔѡ͔qϊt)Ё%ѡɽȁ̸ͥ) ɥ͉ ͸͡䁭ݸ)́ ɥѽȁ յ̰݅́ɸ)ѡȁͽݡɔMȰͅ)䰁ل́݅Ѽѡ)ձͽձє)ݥ͠)ɥ)Mم)M谁ɅЁ͍ȁɽ )Mѽ́ݔ݅ѡ)ɕ̰Օ́ѡ5)AH%5H9 T9QI<)9QH=L5T8=L