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)
Well St Brendan was Irish ,he is alleged to have found America in the late 5th century.
Tim Severen took a replica of his boat across the Atlantic and arrived intact.
It was a wooden frame with a leather outer skin. There were a few holes that had to be stitched up along the way.
If Tim Severen can do it, i’m sure St Brendan did. :)
Where else would all of the beer cans on the beach have come from when Columbus landed?
I’m no antropolobist or historian, but I’ve always heard that the Norse were very capable seamen and explorers. From the Western tip of the Norse peninslas across to Greenland to farthest northern America. Cold that be possible?
Deplorable speling. Poor poor proofreading. Apologies.
The Basques (from Spain) and the Irish were very good seamen and used to catch cod on the Grand Banks for centuries prior to the arrival o f Columbus. The Danes may have made it here for the same reason, possibly after having learned about it from their raids on the Irish. However, none of them appeared to want to settle - they’d catch their fish and go back home, sailing in little tiny hide boats.
It is believed that traces of these people found in North America were probably the survivors of the sinking of these little boats or simply people who had drifted here and couldn’t get back.
Shhhh there are alot of Mexicans with Irish ancestry.
” theyd catch their fish and go back home, sailing in little tiny hide boats”
I guess they salted the fish? How else could they keep them in at least a month’s journey back to Europe?
They’ve actually found ancient encampments in North America which are believed to be Viking. They were fearsome marauders that decimated, murdered and pillaged the British Isles and were the greatest seamen at that time. The Irish druids did their share of pillaging as well but were not great seamen.
There has never been any credible question about transoceanic voyages before Columbus, but there certainly has been a massive bias against the recognition of that fact. Humans, wherever they've lived, however they've looked, have always been willing and able to live somewhere else.America B.C.A fascinating letter I received from a Shoshone Indian who had been traveling in the Basque country of Spain tells of his recognition of Shoshone words over there, including his own name, whose Shoshone meaning proved to match the meaning attached to a similar word by the modern Basques. Unfortunately I mislaid this interesting letter. If the Shoshone scholar who wrote to me should chance to see these words I hope he will forgive me and contact me again. The modern Basque settlers of Idaho may perhaps bring forth a linguist to investigate matters raised in this chapter. [p 173]
by Barry Fell
find it in a nearby library
Then were was the 16th century rail road?
That would depend on exactly what you would classify as a "ship". Did the Irish build wooden ships, in the conventional sense? No, but they did build leather-hulled coracle over a wicker-like frame, and such are more seaworthy than many suppose.
Their own myths, and legends (which I remind you, are always founded in some truth), have them 'sailing' from one place to another, with nary a conventional sea-going vessel in sight. Ireland being an island, the inhabitants therein had to necessarily originally come by sea...
I tend to view the long standing bias to be a mix of the usual intellectual inbreeding of professional academia as well as a large dose of “presentism”.
The way I see it, a voyage of the sort under discussion here would be nearly impossible, as well as intolerably uncomfortable for grad students and their professors, therefore it could never have been done by anyone.
Plus, before the wonderful scientific Arab Moslems, no one ever had dared sail out of sight of the land. /s
What is 11 feet long and 4 feet wide and covered with ancient concentric circles, crosses and other patterns?
The massive petroglyph at Reinhardt University!
The mysterious Reinhardt boulder continues to baffle museum visitors
New evidence links Early Bronze Age Ireland to the Southeastern United States
L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland is widely accepted by archaeologists as Norse.
So there is not really any grounds for doubting that the Norse made it here around the Year of Our Lord 1000.
The Irish question is more complicated. To date no evidence of it has been found by modern researchers. However, the Norse sagas contain several references to the Irish or some other Europeans preceding them.
Who knows. I wouldn’t take the Voyage of St. Brendan as history per se, but wiser scholars than I have noticed it does betray a familiarity with the seas of the northern Atlantic.
About the supposed similarity between Basque and Shoshoni, I wouldn’t give that theory any credence unless it were backed up by not just a few shared roots but by a systematic grammatical comparison. Shoshoni is an Uto-Aztecan language with widespread roots in North America, including Aztec—its grammar is very well known.
Although questionable in the minds of most anthropologists, some linguistic evidence might point toward the Iberian Peninsula. In the 1960's, the Morris Swadesh in the Handbook of Middle American Indians, claimed he found a connection between the Nadene (Athasbascan) linguistic family of North America and the Basque linguistic isolate. This connection, he argued, dated back thousands of years. Basque is the only European language to have survived the influence of proto-Indo-European, which entered the Basque region more than 5,000 years ago. One can infer then that Basque language is at least 5,000 years old, and some argue it is far older. The Basque themselves contend they have survived in their homeland for tens of thousands of years. Though Swadesh has been criticized as a lumper when it comes to linguistic correlations, the claim is nonetheless intriguing under the circumstances. It should be noted that linguist Merritt Ruhlen recently reported to have located a language related to Nadene in Asia. Ket, the only remaining member of the Yeniseian family of languages, shares common words like "birch bark" with some Nadene languages. Ket is spoken by about 550 people (out of a total population of 1,100) who live along the Yenisei River in central Siberia (Lysek 2000).
I believe it was discovered by the Vikings. In New England, we have places that the Vikings crested. Newport Tower for one.
The Ket link has been well accepted. Basque is another story. Like I said, if anyone wants to prove the link, show the grammatical correspondence with a convincing and systematic set of sound changes one to the other—not just a few similar roots.
I don’t care for much of the research on transoceanic contact if it’s based on superficial commonalities: “Hey look...here’s a design motif that looks like this design motif.” That said, anyone not keeping an open mind as to such contacts is being rash. There was a Bishop of Gardar who was said to be going to Markland/Vinland and was never heard from again...that was in the early 1300s. There are also casual reports of Norse ships bringing timber from those areas round about the same time.
What I mean is no one’s found an Irish settlement comparable to L’Anse aux Meadows. All we have is Norse testimony—which is intriguing and perhaps even accurate, but not solid proof.
Naw, just great swimmers.
I am Scots-Irish and I can see that happening easily. Funny too.
Why wait? Next trip to your doctor you get a bunch of choices on your ethic background, at least at my doc’s office.
So far I have discovered I am American Indian, Samoan, African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Eskimo. Funny how these old family stories pop up just before my visits to the doc.
I was greatly impressed with Barry Fell’s America BC.
The Basque were big time cod fishermen well before Columbus’ time and they kept their fishing grounds secret- and some of the biggest cod grounds are off New England. They likely knew North America and kept it secret just like they did their cod grounds.
I would rather discover a Guiness brewery than a New World and I;m not Irish!!
The Montagnais Indians developed a pidgin variety with many Basque words in it.
No question they were here, just a matter of the timeline.
They were going back home. :’)
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