The Arms of Columbus. There is no wholly satisfactory statement regarding the origin of these arms or the Admiral’s right to bear them. It is the quartering of the royal lion and castle, for Arragon and Castile, with gold islands in azure waves. Five anchors and the motto, “A [or Por] Castilla y a [or Por] Leon Nuevo Munido Dio [or Hallo] Colon,” were later given or assumed. The crest varies in the Oviedo of 1535.
Narrative and Critical History of American (New York: Houghton, Mifflin, and Company, 1886)II:15