posted on Jan, 26 2005 @ 03:38 PM
If indeed the following legend is true, then some of the anomalies present in the American Midwest, previously ascribed to Viking occupation, may in
fact be the remnants of a Welsh exploration and integration.
Historians have generally assumed that there was a small colony of the Vikings of Leif Ericsson in Vinland, or the area of Canada known as
Newfoundland. Some rather unconventional historians have gone farther to suggest that the Vikings actually expanded to the southwest, occupying parts
of Canada around the Great Lakes and the Northern Central states of the United States, such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio.
This coincides with the description of the ancient language of the “Asguaws”, who were said to live 800 miles northwest of Philadelphia. This can
be placed in the vicinity of Lake Superior and the southern shore of Hudson Bay. The similarity of the name “Asguaws” to the Azgen reputed to
dwell in Can-Tuc-Kee (presentday Kentucky) suggests that the two are related.
The Welshman Madoc supposedly brought ten ships, most likely of Viking origin, into Mobile Bay and up the Alabama river, and settled around the
Kentucky/Tennessee area, building stone forts and fighting the local tribes. In 1186 AD the tribe decided to head south down the river again, but were
ambushed by the Cheyenne. A bloody battle ensued, and as a truce Madoc agreed to leave the area and never come back. He took his followers west,
apparently, and found the Mississippi River, which they followed northward.
In 1773 Thomas Bullitt was told by Chief Black Fish of the Shawnee tribe that the land of Can-Tuc-Kee, south of the Ohio river, was not his to give.
The Shawnees did not claim the land, nor did any other neighboring tribes, for it was said that the land was occupied by the ghosts of the Azgen, a
white people from the Eastern Sea. The ancestors of the Shawnee had murdered them, and feared their spirits.
Madoc continued northward along the Mississippi and eventually turned Northwest on the Missouri. There they settled among and integrated with the
powerful Mandans, or so the story goes.
However, going strictly by speculation, we can see that it is possible that some of the Welshman headed farther North, though for what purpose I
cannot guess. They entered Canada and settled in the vicinity of Lake Superior and were eventually known as the Asguaws, reminiscent of their name
“Azgen” back in Can-Tuc-Kee. Perhaps some of the Mandans went with them. Though they took on a new language and culture, and the Welsh blood was
eventually spent, the Welsh language remained behind as part of an ancient heritage, which also included the belief that their ancestors had come from
a land far to the east, across the ocean, or “great waters.”
Though there were not many with Madoc--perhaps around 500--the Welsh culture and language was distributed among the natives of the regions that they
passed through and was passed down over generations, until white settlers came in the 16-1700s and were amazed to find that Indians of certain
regions, including North Carolina and Illinois, as well as the Indian chief in Washington who told of the Asguaws, could speak Welsh.