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Susanna Fontanarossa

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Birthplace: Via Bisagno, Uscio, Liguria, Italy
Death: Died in Genoa, Genova, Liguria, Italy
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Daughter of Giacomo Fontanarrosa
Wife of Ancestro Pellegrino and Domenico Colombo
Mother of Christopher Columbus; Bartolomeo Columbo de Fontanarrosa; Giovanni Pellegrino Columbo de Fontanarrosa; Bianchinetta Columbo de Fontanarrosa; Giacomo "Diego" Columbo de Fontanarrosa and 1 other

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About Susanna Fontanarossa

Susanna Fontanarossa (?-?) (Susanna of Fontarossa) was the mother of Cristoforo Colombo, a Genoese wool weaver commonly believed to have been Christopher Columbus, the famous navigator and explorer who was generally credited as a discoverer of the Americas. Almost nothing is known about her before her marriage to Domenico Colombo in 1445. She bore 3 children to Domenico: Bartolomeo, Giacomo, and a daughter named Bianchinetta.

Before she got married with Domenico already had to Cristobal and Giovanni Pellegrini with a lord last name Pellegrino to see this information read the reference.

A notarised document of sale in the Genoa state archive contains the Latinate text «Sozana,(quondam) de Jacobi de Fontana Rubea, uxor Dominici de Columbo de Ianua ac Christophorus et Pelegrinus filii eorum», which can be translated as "Susanna was (the daughter) of Giacomo from Fontanarossa of the Bisagno, wife of Domenico Columbus from Genoa, their sons are Cristoforo Pellegrino and Giovanni Pellegrino." The Val Bisagno was a significant inland district in the ancient Republic of Genoa including the valley of the river Bisagno. Thus she was described as 'Susanna from Fontanarossa' within the Val Bisagno, rather than Suzanna Fontarossa.

Today the hilltop village of Fontanarossa, Goretto, Genova, Liguria, in the Val Trebbia (20 miles inland of Genoa, at 44°35′10.66″N 9°15′18.80″E) and only 4 miles beyond the watershed of the river Bisagno), has a marble stone with the inscription Susanna Fontanarossa, the mother of Christopher Columbus, was born in this village. ("In questo borgo nacque Susanna Fontanarossa, madre di Cristoforo Colombo."). The village records state that she may have been born in the hamlet of "Le Ferriere".

Little is known about her after 1484. She died before her husband, Domenico.

Reference: http://www.cartesio-episteme.net/ep8/cristoforo-pellegrino.htm

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Susanna Fontanarossa's Timeline

1435
1435
Uscio, Liguria, Italy
1451
August 24, 1451
Age 16
Genoa, Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Genoa, Italy

1455
1455
Age 20
Genoa,
1461
1461
Age 26
Genova, Liguria, Italia
1464
1464
Age 29
Genova, Liguria, Italia
1468
1468
Age 33
Genova, Liguria, Italia
1477
1477
Age 42
Genova, Liguria, Italia
1489
1489
Age 54
Genoa, Genova, Liguria, Italy