Sent as a spy to make the spanish sail West in search for India, the plan worked perfectly. Portugal explored the East and went as far as Australia and Japan. Cuba as we know it today, has the name of his birth place, in Alentejo, Portugal. It was just another port in his way to North America, where other portuguese have been before. He was not italian! His family was jewish. Salvador Fernandes Zarco was his real name. “pher” comes from the portuguese name Fernandes. Zarco and Colon have the same meaning (:).
He was the messenger of Christ and fooled the Pope. His real identity was kept secret for 500 years!