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Old 02-17-2013, 03:09 AM
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Has anyone else read this or is it just another legend... the Irish were the first people to conquer America..

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: Old Spanish document suggests Irish were in America before Columbus
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:04 AM
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Right now, it's legend. Of course, anything is possible, but until someone does some DNA testing, it's just speculation.

The Vikings were actually in the New World long before Columbus, but that was in what is now Canada, possibly way northern US. They hop, skip and jumped from Scandanavia to Iceland to Greenland to Canada.

The Irish were not known as a sea faring people with boats capable of months long ocean crossings. Take a look at a map and see where Ireland is in relation to SC. Then take a look at the ocean currents. They could not have sailed directly across the Atlantic as the Gulfstream is heading against them. They would have to sail along the coast of Europe, then down along toward the African coast and then pick up the Equatorial current which heads towards the Americas. It's an incredibly long voyage for a culture without the type of boats capable of carrying the amount of supplies necessary to do it.

Interesting theory though, just have to wait for someone to attempt that DNA testing.
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