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Madoc, The Welsh Prince Who (Maybe) Beat Columbus To The New World


The legend of Christopher Columbus as the first European explorer to set foot on the American continent has been falsified in light of evidence that others, such as the Vikings, had traveled to the New World much earlier. However, a lesser known legend is that a disgruntled Welsh prince named Maddock crossed the Atlantic about 300 years before Columbus and brought settlers to modern-day Alabama.

Who was Maddock?

Maddock was an illegitimate son of King Owen, born in 1150 at Dolvidalon Castle. According to Welsh law, illegitimate children had the right to the line of succession, but as one of the king's younger children, Maddock had a plethora of brothers ahead of him. This was right by him, as he was said to have become disillusioned with the violence and greed that plagued his family. It is believed that this was a factor that inspired him and one of his brothers, Ririd, to literally follow their own path. With his crew of about 100 men, women and children, he sailed two ships, Peder Sant and Gorn Gwinant, in the vast Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Wales in 1170.

Most accounts of the Maddock legend claim that the Welsh prince sailed around the tip of Florida and landed at Mobile Bay in present-day Alabama, although other researchers have suggested that he may have landed in Rhode Island, Nova Scotia, Virginia, Yucatan, Florida. Were. , Newfoundland, or Panama. Wherever it was, Maddock described it as lush and fertile with abundant resources. He, his brother, and their crew began to build a colony in the woods, and once it was established and thriving, he and a handful of settlers returned to Wales to gather more supplies and join the colony. To be recruited more settlers. Maddock's tales of a wild paradise across the ocean soon spread across the country, and he used his sudden fame to secure a fleet of 11 ships and about 120 additional passengers for his voyage back to the New World. No one ever saw Prince Maddock, his brother, or the other Welsh colonists again.


Did Maddock Really Discover America?

Thanks to some epic poems, Maddock and his adventures were known until the end of the Middle Ages, although there is little evidence that he ever traveled. Early European explorers uncovered signs of Welsh activity, such as the remarkably similar language of the Mandan tribe and the use of coracle (an ancient style of boat common in Wales) instead of canoe, as well as brass depicting the Welsh coat of arms. of skeletons wearing armor, but such claims are true at best. Nevertheless, when Spain attempted to claim the whole of the Americas as her own territory by insisting on discovery by Christopher Columbus, Queen Elizabeth I cited the legend of the Madoc as evidence that the Welsh arrived there first. Thus Britain was given control of the newly discovered land.

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