posted on Feb, 26 2011 @ 03:19 PM
A very interesting thread indeed, now lets look at some facts that would support such a theory.
1. There is an ancient manuscript telling The story of an Irish monk called St.Brendan, who sailed a curragh, a type of keel less hide covered boat to
America, via Iceland and Greenland.
Curraghs, all be it smaller ones, are still used by traditional inshore fishermen all along the west coast of Ireland.
2.In the 1970's the explorer Tim Severn, sailed a scaled up version of one of these boats made to the same spec as the one in the manuscript along
the same route to prove this legend possible.
3. We know from archaeological evedence and the vinland sagas that the norsemen sailed to America,
The norse were at this time trading with & raiding in Ireland, Scotland, The Western Isles and The Isle of Man, All Gaelic speaking regions. they
frequently bought slaves from these reigons and sometimes married slave women, So in theory bilingualism would have been common among the norse.
Now if we go back even further back, into the mists of pre history we know through genetics and archaeology, that people from the Basque country and
the Iberian peninsula were trading with and settling on ireland's west and south coast. and the south and west coast of britain. So why couldn't
they have gone further north and west?
If we look back to ice age times, we could surmise that hunters traveled along the coast of northwest Europe and out onto atlantic sea ice to hunt for
seals, as the Inuit do today.
What would have been to stop them, over the course of a few summers, from making their way along the ice floes as far as the north east coast of
North America. Where they setteled in virgin territory and were eventually absorbed buy native North American peoples who migrated eastwards in a
simillar fashion. There are those who would say, "there is no archaeological evidence for this." Just because it hasn't been found doesen't mean
it isn't there.
From a linguistic point of view this thoery also works because origional native place names tend to remain even after colonisation as well as there
being the transfer of some words from the colonised peoples language to that of the coloniser. We only have to look at the English language to see
this in action even today.
I would say this to those who would seek to rubbish the latter part of my thoery.
Bear in mind that these people were tough strong individuals, in tune with nature and at one with their environment, and although some would call
them primative. They were as intelligent, curious, resourceful and tenacious as we are today.