11 Nov 2014

Before Lewis & Clark

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In 1953, the Daughters of the American Revolution erected a plaque commemorating the discovery of America by Prince Madoc on the shores of Mobile Bay, Alabama. The plaque was removed by the Alabama Parks Service in 2008 and put in storage.

Roads and Kingdoms notes the rediscovery of the pre-Lewis-and-Clark Western journey of discovery by John Evans in search Welsh-speaking Indians via Evans’s descendant Gruff Rhys’s book, album, film and “investigative concert tour.”

In 1792 John Evans, a 22-year-old farmhand and weaver from the village of Waunfawr in the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales, responded to a plea from the great Welsh cultural mischief-maker Iolo Morganwg to settle, for once and for all time, the quandary of whether there was indeed a tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans still walking the Great Plains, descendants of Prince Madog, who was widely believed (especially by Welsh historical revisionists) to have discovered America in 1170. With the aid of a loan from a gullible friend, Evans set sail to Baltimore to begin the greatest of adventures, whereupon he set off on foot and disappeared into the Allegheny Mountains with one dollar and seventy-five cents to his name, in search of the lost tribe.

Hat tip to Vanderleun.

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There is a great untold and to some extent unknown story about pre-Columbian “explorers” to the Americas. There is evidence all over the country of “other then American Indians” having been here. I do not know if there has been active intent to limit or prevent these historical facts from becoming part of the official historical record or not but it seems likely that is the case. After all the known and provable facts are so enticing and interesting that they should have been included in any history of the Americas. There has been some intentional scuttling of inconvenient truths such as the Kennewick Man. Other stories are simply ignored; left out of history, probably for PC reasons.


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