Cristóbal Colón de Carvajal y Gorosábel, 18th Duke of Veragua

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Cristóbal Colón de Carvajal y Gorosábel, 18th Duke of Veragua, (October 4, 1949 - ) is a Spanish nobleman, businessman and formerly an officer, helicopter pilot, and commander of a naval vessel in the Spanish Navy. He is a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus by way of Christopher's son, Diego; from Diego, Colón de Carvajal also holds the Duchy of Veragua since 1986. As the Duchy corresponds to the present-day Veraguas Province of the independent republic of Panama, Colón de Carvajal maintains close connections with Panamanian society, and serves on the advisory board of Petaquilla Minerals, a mining company.[1]

In 2011, his additional title as Duke of Vega was among many to be spun away to different recipients, with the new Duke of Vega being Colón's son, Ángel Santiago Colón de Mandalúniz[2][3]

In 1992, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' landing on Hispaniola, Colón de Carvajal was co-designated Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade, alongside US Congressman Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

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Spanish nobility
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Cristóbal Colón de Carvajal y Maroto
Duke of Veragua
1986–present day
Succeeded by
present
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Cristóbal Colón de Carvajal y Maroto
Duke of La Vega
1986–2011
Succeeded by
Ángel Santiago Colón de Mandalúniz