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"Columbus: Fact vs. Fiction" Subject of New Sons of Italy® Study

Press Contact: Diane Crespy, 202-547-8115 dcrespy@osia.org

For Immediate Release:

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WASHINGTON, October 7, 2002 - The significance of Christopher Columbus and his explorations are documented in a new study released today by the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation's oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage.

OSIA's Columbus: Fact vs. Fiction presents a series of documented facts on the life of Columbus, his explorations and their significance, as well as the history of Columbus Day in the United States.

Columbus: Fact vs. Fiction also examines the controversial charges about the explorer that have been levied in recent years, which accuse him of racism, genocide, and slave trading.

Using seminal sources, including Columbus's own journals, scholarly biographies and recent research, OSIA's Columbus: Fact vs. Fiction presents convincing evidence that:

Columbus: Fact vs. Fiction is on the OSIA Web site at http://www.osia.org/public/newsroom/Columbus_Report.pdf. For a printed copy, send a stamped (83 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Columbus Study, OSIA, 219 E St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. [Sorry, no fax or telephone requests.]

Founded in 1905, OSIA today has 575,000 members and supporters and a network of 700 chapters throughout the United States. It works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To learn more, visit OSIA at www.osia.org.