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Briton found America in 1499
The Daily Mirror ^ | 29 Aug., 2009 | By Tom Pettifor

Posted on 08/29/2009 12:03:39 AM PDT by OldSpice

Kings Letter (Pic:PA)

The first Briton sailed to the New World only seven years after Columbus, a long-lost royal letter reveals.

Written by Henry VII 510 years ago, it suggests Bristol merchant William Weston headed for America in 1499.

In his letter the king, right, instructs his Chancellor to suspend an injunction against Weston because "he will shortly with God's grace, pass and sail for to search and find if he can the new found land".

Bristol University's Dr Evan Jones believes it was probably the earliest attempt to find the North-West Passage - the searoute around North America to the Pacific. He said: "Henry's letter is exciting because so little is known about early English voyages of discovery.

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1 posted on 08/29/2009 12:03:39 AM PDT by OldSpice
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To: SunkenCiv

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2 posted on 08/29/2009 12:13:18 AM PDT by IYellAtMyTV (Workday Forecast--Increasing pressure towards afternoon. Rum likely by evening.)
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To: OldSpice

Well the letter says he set off...it doesnt say he made it. Note also that the king lifted and injunction against him - he might have agreed to set off on the basis that the injunction was lifted, and then scarpered off!


3 posted on 08/29/2009 12:14:57 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: OldSpice

It wouldn’t surprise me at all to find out that Vikings or some other Norsemen from Europe got here first, but didn’t make it back, or made it back and the whole story lost due to a lack of infrastructure capable of surviving the centuries to come. Like, where are the Viking Dead Sea Scroll equivalents, if such a thing ever existed at all?


4 posted on 08/29/2009 12:20:42 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Bacon,smokless powder,and boobs are proof that God loves us.)
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To: Vanders9

Exactly, I wondered if due to the hour I was missing something. The article fails to tell us:

1. if he left,

2. if he made it to North America,

3. if he returned to England.


5 posted on 08/29/2009 12:31:20 AM PDT by JLS
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Everybody knows that it was the Irish monks who discovered North America. By the sixth century Saint Brendan was saying mass in Iceland, Greenland, and North America. This they did while saving civilization.

Yours in Christ,

Monsignor McBedford


6 posted on 08/29/2009 12:40:20 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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LOL! You are in the transformation no?


7 posted on 08/29/2009 12:43:30 AM PDT by eyedigress
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Great post!


8 posted on 08/29/2009 12:44:11 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Dumpster Baby

Uhh... the vikings did make it here first. ~1000 AD if I remember correctly. It’s not too controversial.


9 posted on 08/29/2009 12:51:03 AM PDT by newguy357
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To: OldSpice

Little did the Indians know that their open immigration policy would lead to their demise.


10 posted on 08/29/2009 1:36:23 AM PDT by Bushwacker777
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hahahahahaha!


11 posted on 08/29/2009 1:41:11 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: nathanbedford
A big St. Brendan Bump!


Reproduction of St. Brendan's ship, sailed by Tim Severin to America in 1977

12 posted on 08/29/2009 1:41:15 AM PDT by Yossarian
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"Little did the Indians know that their open immigration policy would lead to their demise."

Really?? The ones out here seem to be quite lively, happily scalping the white man every day in their casinos.

13 posted on 08/29/2009 3:40:22 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog ( The Hog of Steel)
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To: OldSpice
Did Chinese beat out Columbus?
14 posted on 08/29/2009 4:07:57 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: OldSpice

Yes, and I think John Cabot mapped the coast of North America two years after Columbus stumbled upon an island in the Caribbean that he thought was the East Indies.


15 posted on 08/29/2009 4:42:35 AM PDT by RoadTest (Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. Psalm 129:5)
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16 posted on 08/29/2009 4:46:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

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17 posted on 08/29/2009 4:47:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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18 posted on 08/29/2009 4:48:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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19 posted on 08/29/2009 5:16:41 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Everyone signing up after Nov 28, 1997 is a newbie.)
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To: newguy357
It’s not too controversial.

It's all about perspective. How does one group of people "discover" a land that already has 20 million people living there? Whether the ancestors of those who were already living here in "the new world" in Viking times came by way of a land bridge from Asia or sailed here from across the Pacific, the fact is there were millions of people living here at least ten centuries, and probably a lot longer, before the Vikings ever thought about sailing west.

20 posted on 08/29/2009 5:25:41 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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