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Sons of Italy® Releases Report on Significance of Columbus

Includes Facts About Columbus' Treatment of Indians

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900 kcafiero@osia.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 3, 2005 The achievements of Christopher Columbus and his relations with the Indian tribes he met during his explorations are documented in a 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. It was prepared by the Sons of Italy® Commission for Social Justice®, OSIA's antidefamation arm.

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

Using seminal sources, including Columbus's own letters and 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/pdf/Columbus05_factvsfiction.pdf. For a printed copy, send a large (9x12), stamped ($1.06), self-addressed envelope to: Columbus Study, OSIA, 219 E St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. [Sorry, no fax or telephone requests.]

OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. See www.osia.org.