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Footprints of the Welsh Indians: Settlers in North America Before 1492 (HC)

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    WilliamL. Traxel(Author)

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In the 12th century, the terror and turmoil brought about by the contention for the throne caused an exodus of the frightened and disillusioned populace from Wales. Prince Madoc led some three expeditions westard, across the seas, to seek a new life in a land that, it was felt, could hardly be less hospitable than home. Groups of as many as 250 settlers traveled in ten or more Viking-style boats, up to 75 feet in length. Madoc returned to Mobile Bay in 1170 with ships laden with settlers, and a thriving colony was founded. Tantalizing evidence suggests that when he came back with a second group a year later, the difficulties of calculating longitude brought him to the mouth of the Mississippi, and the two groups never did find one another. The first group were forced out of Tennessee in about 1500 due to wars with the Cherokee, and in a great migration found their way to the banks of the Upper Missouri River, where they became known as the Mandan Indians. The second group travelled up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to the Falls of the Ohio, where they established a well defended colony. Wars with the Shawnee and Iroquois tribes eventually spelled their downfall.

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  • PDF | 280 pages
  • WilliamL. Traxel(Author)
  • Algora Publishing (1 May 2004)
  • English
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  • By senghenydd on 19 January 2008

    to all welshmen and women who(like i did) fancy this tome please dont bother-its all based on heresay and related accounts.Much as I would loved to have evidence of Madoc discovering the "New World"-this book does not show one piece of hard evidence that this happened-if we could have one welsh inscription on stone or a welsh artifact the book might just work but.......................

  • By lidlhyw on 25 August 2013

    I was absolutely fascinated by this book from the first pages. It is a well researched and well balanced book, which puts forward its case in a coherent and logical fashion. It is not a flight of fancy, but a genuine attempt to portray the legend of Madog's discovery of the 'new world' in the 12th century and the existence Welsh speaking Indians, in an unbiased and unsentimental way. It is an amazing story/saga in it's own right, and the author has presented numerous tantalizing bits of evidence to support the legends credibility. A cracking read, well recommended.

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