Some good references here --->> www.americanmason.com...
quote: "There is another aspect to the newly emerging story of the Knights Templar
which also excites me. It is the possibility that America is the result of a Templar/Masonic experiment intended to create the New Israel in the New
World?not a Jewish nation but a universally God-centered and moral society, as Israel was called to be by Jesus and, earlier, by the prophets. Here's
my thinking about it. (I admit it is highly speculative, but why not, since I?m a speculative Mason?)"
quote : "Because of their experience with the political corruption of the Old World,
the Templars apparently conceived a secret plan for creating a new and better
society in the American wilderness. That plan became the basis of
Freemasonry and its influence over the founding of America. Francis Bacon,
who was a driving force behind the creation of the Royal Society for
scientific research, was connected to the Templar remnant. He also wrote The
New Atlantis about a mythical land to the West, and his account of that land
shows remarkable parallels to later historical developments in the New World,
as if his book were a kind of secret blueprint for Masonic endeavors in the
vast and virgin continent."