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From: "vicki shaw" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, August 23, 2004 7:44 PM
Subject: Re: Success!
> So then what causes such a story to persist, to become legend? There must
> be some fact to it; it can't all be myth. Mind, you I have no personal
> stake in this so I am not saying it is so because I want it to be so; just
I think it may be largely due to two things:
1. The Celtic belief in lands (actually islands) to the west.
2. Desoto's marching all around the South (in the 16th century) through
Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.
The first item is the subject of numerous voyage stories among the Welsh and
the Irish while the second most probably left myths (if not offspring) of
white men among the Native American tribes for later discovers and explorers
to encounter. Many of the tribes that Desoto encountered later (hundreds of
years later) intermarried with European settlers, notably the
Chickasaws/Cherokees and the Scots-Irish.
Don't get me wrong, I'd really like to have some substantiated evidence that
Madoc or another Celtic explorer got here earlier than other Europeans. I've
read several fictional books on the subject and enjoyed them immensely. I've
seen the plaque to Madoc near Mobile Bay. I've been to Lookout Mountain and
to Old Stone Fort in Tennessee. I just haven't seen or read anything that
proves the tales. This site has a fairly good recounting of the legend and
traditions surrounding Madoc: