Monday, May 2, 2022


 On the 20th of this month of May, the man we erroneously call "Christopher Columbus" died in Valladolid, Spain at the age of 51 years old. His Spanish life was twisted by the Spanish and Portuguese crowns into an intentional labyrinth to keep the public from ever knowing the discoverer's true identity. They succeeded! Forced to take on a new identity, Don Cristóbal Colón achieved fame and glory in 1493 under this false name. Today, through new research and DNA studies, we are getting closer than ever to discovering the true name and genealogy that the Iberian courts hid from the world some 500 years ago. Certainly the Don Cristóbal who wrote that he was 28 years old in 1484 could never be the Cristoforo Colombo from Genoa, who was described in the Assereto Document as being 27 years old in 1479.


Cristoforo Colombo, the weaver from Genoa, was not

Don Cristóbal Colón, the navigator from Iberia 

Doctoral Dissertation in Insular and Atlantic History (XV-XX Centuries), Azores University, 2022 

by Manuel Rosa



Cristoforo Colombo in Italian or Christopher Columbus in English/Latin are the names given to the man credited with discovering the Americas, to whom has been attributed an alleged Genoese birth. There is no uncontested evidence to support that the navigator was Genoese and the surname he used in Castile was Colón, and never Colombo/Columbus. 

Various misinterpretations in contemporary reports and chronicles, coupled with a misinformation campaign by the navigator himself, his descendants, and the courts of Portugal and Castile, largely helped to manufacture the fog of intentional uncertainty around the identity of the navigator that has lasted until the present day. As a consequence of these uncertainties, there was, in the last century, a general acceptance of the plebeian “Genoese weaver Cristoforo Colombo” as being the noble “Don Cristóbal Colón, admiral, governor and viceroy of the New World.” 

The navigator assumed a new identity when he entered Castile, circa 1484, and did his best to keep secret his place of birth, his real name, and his parents’ identity. We can assert today that the courts of Portugal and Castile helped him in maintaining this secrecy. His son, Don Hernando Colón, when writing his father's story not only maintained the secret but increased the confusion further by feigning ignorance. Although much of the blame for the confusion falls directly upon the navigator and his son, there was also a universal shortcoming that marred the various historical investigations and biographies. 

This shortcoming was the general minimization of the navigator’s Portuguese life, a matter of the uttermost importance because it was in Portugal that Colón got married, learned to navigate, and lived most of his life. The existence of forged documents utilized in support of the Genoese Columbus theory, juxtaposed to the numerous letters and notes coming from the navigator's own pen, documents from the court of Castile and the archives of Portugal, together with the social norms of his time prove that the wool weaver from Genoa and the navigator who sailed in 1492 under the flag of Castile were two distinct persons; with two different career paths, two highly disparate pedigrees, and with roots in different kingdoms. 

Numerous errors, missteps, misguided assumptions, and inventions of past biographers have further contributed to confuse this piece of history by reducing an Admiral and Viceroy to an insignificant commoner - a Colombo son of a nobody. 

The navigator's son insisted in his chronicle that his father's correct Latin surname was Colonus, and not Columbus. The Christopher Columbus documented as a plebeian weaver in Genoa was not the Admiral and Viceroy Christopher Colonus of Castile; nor can the opposite ever be accepted, knowing that the navigator got married within the elite nobility of Portugal some 14 years before returning from his epic voyage in 1493, when he became famous. Even more so whilst the social norms of his time prevented commoners from marrying noble daughters of knights and captains, as was the case of Filipa Moniz, wife of the navigator. Any noble lady who married a commoner during those times would have lost her nobility, acquiring her husband’s lower status.

The uncertainty and doubts grow when you bear in mind that the privileged daughters of the nobility had various impediments and rules regarding their choice of husbands, which were often chosen by the family or the territorial Overlords rather than the bride or groom.

In the case of Filipa Moniz, daughter of the Captain of Porto Santo, there would have been even more restrictions. She not only belonged to the influential House of Viseu, but also lived under the protection of the Military Order of Santiago, whose Governor was João II, and where she possessed a commandery in Todos-os-Santos (All-Saints.) 

What the documents demonstrate, as well as the rules of 15th century Portuguese society, is that there was a case of mistaken identity in the 19th century. Historians confused the noble navigator Colón with the commoner woolworker Colombo, giving to the latter the glory that did not belong to him. This inaccurate identity and nationality impetus seems to have begun in the 15th century, for covert reasons. The aim was to keep the true identity that the navigator had in Portugal an eternal secret, and the plan was almost perfect. It remained intact until now because nobody doubted the Portuguese chronicles’ description of the navigator as an “Italian Colombo.” 

This dissertation not only endeavors to unravel this intricate piece of distorted history, but further, it seeks to restore a closer truth imparted through scientific rigor and documented evidence.


KEYWORDS: Christopher Columbus, Cristóvão Colombo, Cristóbal Colón, Filipa Moniz, Bartolomeu Perestrelo, Captain of Porto Santo, Duke of Veragua, Diego Colón, Hernando Colón, Discovery of America, House of Viseu.

Christopher Columbus was not Christopher Columbus, this name is a gross corruption of his Spanish name Don Cristóbal Colón, meaning Christ-Going Member. While Columbus in Latin and Colombo in Italian mean pigeon, Don Cristóbal chose the name Colón from the Greek Kõlon, meaning member. Clearly pigeon is not member. After 500 years, the discoverer's name continues to be Colón in all Spanish-speaking nations. 

English language writers, for century after century, have botched Colón's name and continuously call him Columbus, a name he never utilized in his lifetime. The ineptitude of American writers to see beyond the written word when tackling the subject of their Christopher Columbus has left readers with a completely wrong, even false, version of the life and deeds of the great  First Admiral of the Ocean Sea. At the same time, the misinformation, published century after century and taught to school children all over the world, has turned many citizens into haters of "Columbus" and not into admirers of the great feats he succeeded in accomplishing. This blame, wrongfully placed on Columbus's shoulders would be akin to blaming Neil Armstrong in 400 years for stepping on the moon, thus leading to the colonization of the same. History, must not only place blame where it is due, but give praise where it is due. Christopher Columbus, or better said Don Cristóbal Colón, was a great sailor who never got lost in his four voyages across the Atlantic, a scholar who read countless books and who wrote hundreds of letters and his own Book of Prophecies, a scientist who studied all his life and who was capable of drawing sailing charts, maps and even built globes, and a great man who foresaw his work as contributing to the advancement to humanity. On this May 20, let us remember the death of the great explorer, as the death if a great contributor of knowledge to the progress of our human race. 

Saturday, December 18, 2021

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Monday, March 26, 2018


MANUEL ROSA BIO: Driven by passion, fearless researcher Manuel Rosa tries to solve the mystery of Cristopher Columbus. He has been a tireless and uncompromising detective for nearly thirty years, whose rich experience and an excellent methodology in historical research allowed him to decode the story of the man known as the discoverer of America. 

Rosa was born in 1961 in the paradisiacal archipelago of Azores. Growing up in the town of Madalena, on the Pico Island, he learned many stories whispered by old sailors, adventurers of the waves of the ocean. Some of them talked about the crews of ancient ships that took a route to the unknown waters of the West Atlantic Ocean.
Manuel Rosa left the Azores when he was only 12 years old. He has always been a high achiever with an artistic soul. In 1976 he received Boston Globe's Art Merit Award. He was only fourteen years old, but he knew that life was limited only by the limits placed on one’s dreams. As a son of the ocean, he had real-life experience that helped him in understating of the sailors from the times of Columbus. What makes Rosa different than many other historians who explored the history of this mysterious man is the comprehension of seafaring. This comprehension was gained by experience of living in the Azores, immersed in the same ocean waters where Columbus sailed five hundred years earlier. This childhood experience of the future investigator made him aware of the difficulties and challenges faced by the explorers during the 15th and 16th centuries. 

His adventurous research begun in 1991, when Rosa realized that the commonly accepted biography of this world-famous explorer is full of intriguing gaps. Moreover, he noticed numerous incoherent affirmations in the officially accepted history of Columbus. Accepted wisdom presented Christopher Columbus as a poor Genoese peasant who had no chance at schooling and who could not speak Genoese yet could read and write in other languages. To understand what the truth was, Rosa had to become an open-minded hunter of information and a chaser of the blurred evidence, long-ago censured and sanitized. He dedicated half a lifetime to scrutinizing original documents, chronicles, and letters. Rosa, who is a polyglot, reviewed more than 3,000 books, in many languages. 

In 2002 he received the Lockheed Martin’s Lightning Award. Rosa has always been consistent in following his dream of reaching the truth. This attitude brought him a lot of supporters. He found friendly souls amongst the researchers and thousands of people fascinated by the cryptic history of Cristopher Columbus. 

Columbus turned the life of Rosa into the fabulous adventure. This investigative journey has led to chasing the illusive truth in seven different countries and uncovering the facts of a conspiracy of lies that is much larger in scope then anyone could have imagined. Following the footsteps of this mysterious man, Manuel Rosa traveled to the countries of three continents: Europe and both Americas. Looking for the answers to the most difficult questions. He visited Dominican Republic, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Lithuania, Italy, Poland, etc. 

In 2006 he published his first book, co-authored with Eric James Steele, “O Mistério Colombo Revelado”. Fifteen years of research afforded him the knowledge to explain the missteps of the history books and gave us a peek at the real Cristopher Columbus. 
Rosa employed the 639 pages of his book to introduce the reader to the original documents and the sphere of mystification that covered-up the real history. The results of his research were mind-blowing and turned the previous analysis related to the birthplace of Columbus into the ashes. 
After publishing the first results of the research, he investigated even harder to expose all the truth.
He became a fearless advocate of evidence-based analyses and formulated a new theory of Columbus’ true identity: that of a royal-blood prince and not the pauper we had been sold. 
His confidence and passion brought him strength during the numerous lectures and discussions amongst the academics. The controversial theory presented by Rosa has always been so spirited that nobody could stay unaffected. 

When he published Colombo Português-Novas Revelações, “Portuguese Columbus-New Revelations” (Portugal, 2009) known in Spain as Colón: La Historia Nunca Contada “Colón: The Untold Story” (Spain, 2010), the eyes of the academics from around the world turned on his work. The books included a foreword by Professor Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão, former Dean of the University of Lisbon, author of numerous volumes of the History of Portugal, and President of the Portuguese Academy of History from 1975 to 2006 and recipient of the Príncipe de Asturias Prize for Social Science in 1995.

In 2012 Colón: La Historia Nunca Contada was published in Poland with the title Kolumb. Historia nieznana, and as Kolumbas. Atskleista istorija in Lithuania, 2014. It was a milestone in the promotion of the shocking part of Rosa's theory. In Poland and Lithuania Rosa became famous for his analysis related to the Polish king Władysław III, who vanished in the Battle of Varna in 1444. This book became a milestone in decoding the truth about the origins of the discoverer. 

After the announcement of finding Columbus’ ship Santa Maria by Barry Clifford in 2014, Manuel Rosa contested such a find. His research affirms the Santa Maria never sank in waters near the coast of Haiti. He advised the government of Haiti and UNESCO on this, and his point of view was confirmed by UNESCO divers. Clifford’s wreck was not the Santa Maria.

Considered today’s foremost authority on the discoverer of America, Rosa took part in the DNA analysis of discoverer’s bones at the University of Granada. The research opened the gates to the new chapter about the history of Columbus and his true family.

His book Columbus: The Untold Story, was named as Best History Book of 2016 by the audience of the Huffington Post and named the winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award in World History. Praised by international reader community, Darrell Kastin wrote on “The author methodically checks off the lies, the misinformation, the forgeries, and focuses on the aspects of Colón's life the historians have ignored or tried to explain away with ridiculous assertions.” 

Rosa's latest book, COLUMBUS: Mystery Solved, (Portugal, 2017) is the most coherent synthesis of research spanning more than a quarter of a century, radically redefining the role and identity of Christopher Columbus.

Manuel Rosa frequently appears on TV shows and updates on his achievements during the interviews. His research has been the subject of several television documentaries, including on Expedition Unknown, on TTV NIE DO WIARY, BBC, NPR, and many foreign-language outlets and was honored October 2017 with the highest award of the 10th Mediatravel Festival in Poland.  

In 2018 Rosa continues his adventure joining the prestigious conferences and traveling through the world with hope to erase the lies about Cristopher Columbus and replace the story repeated for centuries with the true story of this fascinating explorer. 

Manuel Rosa (Vila do Valverde Madalena do Pico, Açores, 1961) é um autor e historiador açoriano..

Thursday, February 8, 2018

First Ever International Congress on Columbus to be in Portugal

Congress on Christopher Columbus - Congresso Sobre Cristóvão Colombo - Congresso Sobre Cristóbal Colón

  First Ever International Congress on Columbus to be Held in Portugal 
   Lisbon, Maritime Academy, March 8-10, 2018  

Featuring These International Academics and Researchers
 Carlos CaladoACC, Portugal | Juan Fancisco MauraU. of Vermont, United States

Luísa d'ArienzoU. di Cagliari, Italy José Miguel AlonsoU. Valladolid, Spain
Jesus Varela MarcosU. Valladolid, Spain | António TaveiraPortugal
Fernando BrancoACC, Portugal | Montserrat Léon GuerreroU. Valladolid, Spain 
Jean LemaîtreBelgium | António & José Mattos e SilvaACC, Portugal
David González CruzU. Huelva, Spain | João Silva JesusU. Nova de Lisboa
István Szászdi León-BorjaU. Valladolid, Spain | Manuel RosaACC, United States
Carlos Paiva NevesACC, Portugal Ádám Szászdi NagyPuerto Rico
Matilde Sousa FrancoACC, Portugal | Manuela MendonçaPresident Portuguese Academy of History, Portugal

Thursday, September 21, 2017

COLUMBUS DAY lectures and events 2017

After being on the trail of Christopher Columbus for 26 years and ix books published, we have turned the corner into the home stretch.
Columbus secret identity is now revealed and his secret spy mission exposed.

You are invited to come by these free events and listen to the new evidence:

LECTURE: Columbus the Untold Story

Columbus the Untold Story lecture Columbus Day 2017 Boalsburg PA

Unveiling of Columbus' Fort Navidad 
"Columbus: The Untold Story" Lecture

More info: Duke Continuing Education

To Be Unveiled: Christopher Columbus’ Fort Navidad, Europe's First Settlement in the New World!
October 9: Potomac State College of WVU, Keyser, WV
Robert Rasche’s painting – which depicts the fate of Columbus’ flagship, the Santa María – was specially commissioned for this event. Author and researcher Manuel Rosa is going to present dramatic new findings which prove conclusively that the Santa María was NOT accidentally lost at sea on Christmas Eve of 1492, as has long been believed; it was marooned.
This one fact by itself demolishes an immense complex of myth, fraud, confusion and controversy that has for centuries surrounded the role and identity of Christopher Columbus – though the reasoning to support this claim is both too intricate and too broad in scope to be summarized in a few words. Suffice it to say that Christopher Columbus was a radically different character, on a radically different mission, from what has long been supposed – and that another US institution of higher learning is standing forth to shine a light on this historic truth.
Widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on Columbus, Manuel Rosa was drawn into his own impassioned “voyage of discovery” in 1991, during preparations for the Quincentennial in Spain and Portugal. In 2006, he began to publish the astonishing results of this research in his native Portugal. Rosa will appear this fall at lectures and book signings in Portugal and Poland, where heavily updated translations of his book are about be released. The earlier Portuguese and Polish editions sold out quickly.
As one might expect, the news about Columbus is spreading. Last year’s pilot translation of Rosa’s book into English – with four completely new chapters, all told nearly a third of its paradigm-busting content – was planned to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the great explorer’s death. Columbus: The Untold Story, won the 2017 Independent Press Award in World History, and the Huffington Post called it, “the best self-published book on History in 2016.”
I have been doing historical research for over 50 years and found Manuel Rosa's book to be an extraordinary piece of archival research.” - Dr. E. Lee Spence, Underwater Archaeologist. President, Sea Research Society.
While supplies still last, copies of the special limited edition may be purchased on Amazon or at the author’s website:
The lecture is free and open to the public. A question and answer session will follow. For questions regarding parking, please call Mary F. Shipper Library at 304-788-6901.
October 9 @ 4:30 p.m.
Potomac State College of WVU
Mary F. Shipper Library
103 Fort Avenue
Keyser, West Virginia


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Manuel Rosa's book "COLUMBUS-The Untold Story" wins 2017 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD®!

COLUMBUS - The Untold Story may be the best and most authoritative book ever written on Columbus. Rosa smashes all kinds of paradigms in this book. "It took 500 years to build the official 'History of Columbus' and two decades of scientific investigating to destroy it," says Manuel Rosa.
May 5, 2017 / PRZen / GARFIELD, N.J. -- The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized "COLUMBUS - The Untold Story" by Manuel Rosa in the category of Biography: Historical, as a Winner of 2017 Independent Press Award.

The competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award Winners and Distinguished Favorites based on overall excellence.

Columbus - The Untold Story (already named Best History Book of 2016 in the Huffington Post) smashes all kinds of paradigms of history. After 21 years of research into what he realized was a 500-year-old mystery of a man, and mission, and spy craft and espionage of the highest order, Rosa puts the pieces together like no one else before him has been able to. Columbus supposedly started life in a family of indigent wool-weavers in Genoa, however, this was speculative because Columbus went to great lengths to conceal his true name and nationality.
Columbus - The Untold Story reviews all the evidence supporting the Genoese Columbus hypothesis. As it turns out, almost all the evidence for the Genoese claim is either shabby at best, or fabricated at worst. At times the government of Genoa produced fraudulent evidence to support their claim. It's as if the real history had been deliberately suppressed, and Rosa tells us why.

Rosa travels some exciting side trails too that no Columbus researcher ever even noticed before, let alone dared to venture down. He dug deeply into previously ignored archives, examined newly emerged documents, and read thousands of documents and books in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, French and Polish.

Columbus used a secret identity in Spain, the book explains, because the discoverer was on a secret mission for Portugal to lure Spain away from India and secure Portugal's monopoly over the Spice Trade.

The book is chock full of reproduced documents and color plates that support Rosa's thesis. There are so many extraordinary claims the author makes in this book and yet he meticulously supports them throughout the book, even DNA tests to verify and repudiate relations and descendants. Every detail is a compelling fact that leaves you begging for the next one as the plot advances. It reads not only like a historical work, but as a spy thriller and adventure story as well.

"I am very happy to have my research recognized by Independent Press Award. It is an honor to know that my book brings value to the contentious subject of Columbus, who died 511 years ago on May 20th, 1506, but whose real story very few people knew," says Manuel Rosa.

"In 2017, we had worldwide participation, from London to Australia, from Portugal to Hong Kong, and are so proud to announce the winners and favorites in our annual INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD. Independent publishing is alive and well, and continues to gain traction worldwide," said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

For more information, please visit: see Author's Website at for more information.

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Source: Independent Press Awards

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Best History Book of The Year 2016 - Huffington Post

NON-FICTION - HISTORY Best book of 2016 

Learn the truth about the Discoverer of America in the best double agent in history in: COLUMBUS—THE UNTOLD STORY By Manuel Rosa
 12/08/2016 02:30 pm ET

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Book Review: Columbus The Untold Story

Book Review: Columbus The Untold Story

coverc6552.jpg “It took 500 years to build the official "History of Columbus" and 21 years of scientific investigating to destroy it.”---Manuel Rosa
Looking for a good read on Columbus this Columbus Day? Manuel Rosa’s Columbus The Untold Story may be the best and most authoritative book ever written on Columbus. And for us Steemians who are here shattering paradigms in social media and publishing, more good news: Rosa smashes all kinds of paradigms in his book. The standard tale most of us taught and carry with us the rest of our lives is that Columbus started life in a family of indigent peasant wool-weavers in Genoa, at that time not part of Italy because Italy did not yet exist as a nation. At some point he boards a ship that gets sinks in a storm, and he manages to swim ashore in Portugal. In Portugal, this ignorant wool weaver who knows nothing and speaks no Portuguese climbs his way to the top of the Portuguese aristocracy and marries a princess. But instead of living happily ever after at the end of that fairy tale, he goes on to Spain where he dupes King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella into sponsoring him, who has never captained a ship, to lead a voyage to India by sailing in the wrong direction. As Rosa points out in the book, and takes great lengths to explain in painstaking but compelling detail, this is a laughable fairy tale that couldn’t possibly have any basis in reality, especially within the restrictiveness of medieval society. Rosa reviews the works of various proponents of the Genoese Columbus hypothesis, and soundly rejects all of them. As it turns out, almost all the evidence for the Genoese claims is either shabby at best, or fabricated at worst. At times the municipal government of Genoa enthusiastically produced fraudulent evidence to support the claim, bolster the Italian-American community, and of course, profit. Rosa then goes on to present a new hypothesis. He digs deeply into previously ignored Portuguese archives, examines newly emerged documents, and reads over tens of thousands of documents and books in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian and Polish. He’s not only a masterful researcher, but a master of languages as well. After 21 years of research into what he realized was a 500-year-old mystery of a man, and mission, and spy craft and espionage of the highest order, Rosa puts the pieces together like no one else before him has been able to. It’s almost as if the real history had been deliberately suppressed, and Rosa tells us why. Even his English edition is hard to come by, being available only from his own website. Let’s take a look at Rosa’s own boiler plate to see how thoroughly he’s stirred the pot of professional academia (He uses the Spanish Colon to refer to Columbus):
  • All contemporaries agree Colon had expert sailing knowledge at par with the expert Portuguese pilots of the day
  • He continued his secret communications with the King of Portugal while in Spain
  • He intentionally made false statements to Spain regarding India and enlisted others like Amerigo Vespucci to do the same
  • He hid his real name real name and nationality not from the kings, but from us, the public at large.
  • He always knew he was not in India and he never planned to reach India.
  • The last will of 1498 said to be written by Colon is a forgery written 90 years after his death
  • His wife not just a Portuguese noble, but at the top of the aristocracy.
  • Historians don’t believe Columbus sailed to the New World in 1477. We show he did
  • Columbus lied about the sinking of the Santa Maria. He deliberately sabotaged and marooned to strand the Queen’s men
  • Rather than rejecting Columbus’ claims, King Joao II of Portugal helped plan the journey because it was a psy op against Spain.
  • It took 500 years to construct the lie and over 20 years to destroy it.
  • Just as James Bond has the codename “007,” Columbus’ codename was Cristobal Colon
  • Columbus went to great lengths to conceal his true name because he was on a secret mission for Portugal to lure Spain away from India and secure Portugal’s monopoly.
These are some extraordinary claims the author makes, and yet he meticulously supports them throughout the book. Normally I would say he does it in excruciating detail, but there is nothing excruciating about this book at all. Every detail is a compelling fact that leaves you begging for the next one as the plot advances. It reads not only like a historical work, but as a spy thriller and adventure story as well. Rosa travels some exciting side trails too that no Columbus researcher ever even noticed before let alone dared to venture down. He informs us that Portugal was the last Templar state in Europe, that its Kings were regularly excommunicated from the Church and didn’t care! He takes inside the Templar lodges where we learn the secrets of their membership and operations. We witness diplomatic intrigue in England, France and the Vatican. The most surprising, and important, side trip of all is to the Polish court during their war against the Ottomans. The book is chock full of reproduced documents and color plates that support Rosa’s thesis. He conducts numerous DNA tests to verify and repudiate relations and descendants. Being Portuguese himself and a genealogical researcher, he brings unique insights and understandings to the Columbus story that, frankly, academic historians just aren’t capable of. If you love history, and especially alternative history, this will be one of the most stunning books you ever pick up. If you love conspiracy theory, this book makes them fact, at least the ones it deals with. If you love mysteries and spy novels, this real-life case will keep you riveted. It’s already shaking up academia with its meticulously developed case and undeniably powerful evidence. It’s too bad Manuel Rosa is not a lawyer, because his opposition would detest his ability to build a case. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. 
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