22 DECEMBER 1866, Page 3

The death is recorded this week of descendant of Columbus,

a grandee of Spain, Duke of Veragua, Marquis of Jamaica, and Admiral of the Indies. Those titles, granted to Columbus with the viceroyalty of Veragua, were ultimately, on the death of his ' last male heir, a grandson, continued to the son of his grand- daughter Isabella, who married into a branch of the Braganzas. The Spaniards always claim Columbus, though the Genoese was not so much a Spaniard as Napoleon was a Frenchman, and the family was admitted from the first to real equality with the highest grandees. It has survived the Spanish dominion in America, and the Archduke who is now flying from Mexico is the direct lineal representative, after the Kaiser Francis Joseph, of Ferdinand of Arragon, whose wife found Columbus his first ships.