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Who Really Discovered America?
"Tremadoc is a Welsh village
whose shape suggests that several centuries ago, it hoped,
as actually it is, to grow someday into a town. The main street leads to Port
Madoc, a mile away. Madoc ap Owen Gwynnedd, a prince, was a member of a family
of great wealth. He grew tired of the wrangling of his brothers over their
father's domain and determined to seek some new country where peace would rule.
Madoc was evidently as great a navigator as he was a colonist, and sailed
westward in search of a new world, about the 11th century. He was very much
pleased with his new home and returned to Wales and carried another party to his
new home in the West. He was never heard of again.
The International Encyclopedia
(page 659) gives an interesting account of this Welsh prince. The land he found
was America from reports of a tribe of fair-haired, light-skinned Indians living
there. He may be assumed an ancestor of the Madogs of Llanfydnach, according to
Catlin's North American Indians' Stephen's Literature of Kymyr (2nd Edition,
page150) and Lincoln's Library of Essential Information (page
Robert Southey, the English poet,
chose the name Madoc for his epic poem, written in 1805.
There is an old Welsh Ode which
Madoc am I,
Young Prince Madoc of Wales may have
discovered America in 1170 or 322 years before Columbus arrived, according to
Richard Deacon. He's a British historian who has written a book, Madoc and the
Discovery of America, which states:
the son of Owain
stature large and comply grace adorned
No land at home, nor store of
My mind was
whole to search the Sea.
account of the claim, in James G. Perry's Kinfolk, puts it this
- "Prince Madoc ab Owain Gwynedd
son of a king of Wales, was born in 1150 the story goes. He sailed from Wales
and landed hear the present site of Mobile, Alabama. He returned home, then
made another voyage to the continent. This time he went up the Alabama River
and other streams, then disappeared in the wilds of what is now Tennessee. But
a traveler's account of the 1800's tells of fair-skinned Indians in that area
who spoke some Welsh words and put sentences together in the way Welsh people
- A Welsh poem of the 15th century
tells how Prince Madoc sailed away in 10 ships, and his countrymen long supposed
that he discovered America.
- In his very interesting book, Mr.
Deacon gives facts for and against his conclusions, but h seems to believe the
evidence is in the Prince's favor. Mr. Deacon himself served in the British
Royal Navy in World War II, and sailed a small flat-bottomed boat from Norfolk,
Virginia to North Africa. He concluded "that if we could cross the Atlantic in
a keeless craft, such a voyage was perfectly possible in Madoc's
Prince Madoc (son of Owain ab
Gwynedd) it is said, sailed to America 300 years before Columbus in 1170 with
one ship. He returned and equipped ten ships and with colonists sailed
again for the new world. It is presumed that he landed at Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Early explorers and pioneers have found evidences of the Welsh influence along
the Tennessee and Missouri Rivers, among certain tribes of
no record that the Prince ever returned to the land of his birth. Peculiar
things have been found in America. It is there are Welsh speaking Indians up
the Missouri River called the White Indians. Also, they fish with coracles, and
pull the little skin covered boats with one oar, like a spade. These boats are
used in Wales today.
Website note: While this
account (or myth) of a Madoc Welsh visit to America is not widely known, it was
used by Queen Elizabeth I as evidence to British claim to America in its
territorial struggles with Spain.
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