Skip to comments.Spanish documents suggest Irish arrived in America before Columbus
Posted on 05/14/2014 10:36:21 AM PDT by Olog-hai
While Christopher Columbus is generally credited with having discovered America in 1492, a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus journey. [ ]
In 1520, Peter Martyr dAnghiera, a historian and professor, was appointed by Carlos V to be chronicler for the new Council of the Indies. Though Martyr died in 1526, his report, founded on several weeks of interviews, was published posthumously in a book named De Orbe Novo (About the New World). [ ]
While interviewing Spanish colonists, Martyr took note of their vicious treatment of Chicora Indians. However, he also included in his report that the Spanish colonists had a very good relationship with another nearby colony, which Martyr reported to be named Duhare.
Physically, the people of Duhare appeared to be European according to the Spanish colonists in the area. The people of Duhare had red to brown hair, tan skin and gray eyes, and were noticeably taller than the Spanish. According to Spanish accounts, the people of Duhare were Caucasian, though their houses and pottery were similar to those of American Indians. The king of Duhare was said to be named Datha and was described by the Spanish as being a giant, even when compared to his peers. He had five children and a wife as tall as him. Datha had brightly colored paint or tattoos on his skin that seemed to distinguish him from the commoners.
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I’m Irish and I can assure everyone that if this is true it’s only because they got lost trying to find the Guinness brewery.
” a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus journey.”
Now that’s something to drink to!
More likely the Danes.
Well, it’s documented that Leif Ericson established a Norse colony on the Canadian coast. It would not be out of the question that he would have told some Irish of the colony, maybe had some come with him, and perhaps some colonists stayed behind and moved south as the Medieval Warm Period ended.
Count the number of wars that the Spanish and Americans have been in since the days of Columbus to estimate how many times history has been rewritten for those countries.
"But we don't want the Irish."
How did that happen?
Yeah, when Saint Patrick expelled the Snakes from Ireland, they ended up settling along the Potomac.
I’m FAST. That’s how!
Celts have always known this
The Vikings were ‘in’ Ireland, too. The Dublin-area was a Viking kingdom, IIRC. I’m sure that the information of lands further west was common knowledge in Ireland around the year 1,000 A.D.
“Faith, Paddy, I’ve come to in some strange places before...”
You do. :)
Why? Did they find a bunch of Indians asking for more firewater?
I not sure Ireland had ships that could cross the Atlantic. Weren’t they Druids?
Bad news for the Irish jokes. This year they finished outside the heaviest drinking nations top ten.
So did the Vikings! (Lief Erikson)