National Geographic : 1928 May
Photograph by International TRADITION SAYS COLUMBUS TIED HIS SHIPS TO THIS TREE The "Columbus Tree," as the Dominicans know it, lived for centuries beside the roadstead which forms the port of Santo Domingo. In 1910 experts placed its age at 600 years. It died in 1918, but portions of the trunk still stand, braced by concrete. That not only Columbus, but Ojeda, Nicuesa, Enuciso, and later Diego Columbus, son of Christopher, all tied their ships to this convenient tree, is the belief of the Dominicans, who reverently care for its remaining stump. ©Publishers' Photo Service HERE THE ASHES OFCOLUMBUS ARE BELIEVED TO REST At his own request the great discoverer's remains were carried from Spain to Santo Domingo andinterred inthecathedral. Spain subsequently decided to remove them to Havana, then toSeville; but later, inrepairing the Santo Domingo Cathedral, aleaden casket was found marked "Crist6 bal Col6n, Primera Almirante." This inscription and other evidence point to an unsettled conclusion that Columbus still sleeps where hewilled to sleep and not in Seville.