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In Florentine, which is the basis of modern Italian, they would have said "Colombo." (This is also how the Portuguese remember him.) When he made his way west to Aragon, where they speak Catalan, the final "o" is dropped and also the the last consonant: "Colom." Moving on to Castile, they didn't put back the "-bo" on the end, but they did change the "Colom" to "Colon." On his tomb in Seville cathedral......

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