Skip to comments.Dorset explorer Col John Blashford-Snell identifies link between Pacific and Atlantic
Posted on 02/17/2010 7:31:23 AM PST by Palter
A NORTH Dorset explorer has discovered evidence of an ancient water route connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Col John Blashford-Snell made the breakthrough on his recent trip to the Central American country of Nicaragua.
It is believed the route, which encompasses rivers, a lake and flood plains, would be more ancient than the Panama Canal.
The research focused on the strip of west-coast land separating Lake Nicaragua from the Pacific. A local fisherman told how he managed to cross the strip on a temporary lake created during wet season floods.
It seems likely that even if early cartographers did not see this lake, they were told about it by the indigenous people and thus drew a channel on their maps, said Col Blashford-Snell.
Im sure this is how the story of a legendary route between the oceans started.
Clear evidence of flooding was found at the site of the supposed lake by the expedition team.
Col Blashford-Snell is now considering a waterborne crossing of Nicaragua, from ocean to ocean, to establish the ancient route.
The waterway research taps into a wider theory proposed by writer Gavin Menzies, who asked the celebrated explorer to undertake the expedition.
Ancient maps indicate a channel crossing Central America, and Chinese DNA and artefacts have also been found in the region.
Local history also tells of a Chinese presence and European explorers recorded Chinese wrecks.
Several areas were found by the team where rivers flowing east to Lake Nicaragua and west to the Pacific rose within a few hundred yards of each other.
One site between two rivers indicated possible walls of an in-filled canal.
GOING WITH THE FLOW: This canyon could mark an ancient waterway
Ancient Atlantic-Pacific link, ping.
there’s a big link if you go south enough. or far to the north if you like ice.
Getting from the lake to the pacific is easy. The 75 miles in the other direction is kinda hard to buy but ancient people did some pretty amazing things.
“The lake is connected with the Caribbean Sea by the navigable San Juan River , historically making the lakeside city of Granada, Nicaragua an Atlantic port.”
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That is an stunning statement, since my grandfather set off to get a job building the Canal when he graduated from engineering/architecture military school. He turned back at New Orleans because he encountered dozens of men dying on the docks from some disease that they had acquired on the job. I believe it was malaria. He stayed state/territory side and built churches across the southwest instead.
In any case, he died in 1938; and I'd hardly call that ancient! But the article is interesting, nonetheless.
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