In a message dated 96-02-25 19:05:42 EST, you write:
>I was mostly referring to some Welsh legends that attribute several people
>finding something like what the Vikings called Vinland... There are some
>egends, such as the legends of the Irish Bran which say he discovered a far
>island, but they seem a great deal more mythical than what I am looking
> was most interested in finding info on the possibility of Celtic settlement
>e in what we affectionately refer to as "the New World"... I've read
>hat there seems to have been a settlement in Kentucky, but that was only one
>rce, and I am inclined toward skepticism with only one source.
I have a copy of an old book which seems to have been written with the intent
to prove that everybody visited the new world before Columbus. It trots out
all the crackpot theories, but it did have a couple of interesting stories
concerning Welsh settlements in the area of Kentucky. Unfortunately I lent
the book to my sister so I can't be too precise at this moment. However, if
memory serves me correctly the Welsh prince Madoc (12th century?) was said to
have briefly settled on a small island in the Ohio River near present day
Louisville. The local Indian tribes took exception to this, and launched an
attack on the settlers, who were forced to take to their ships again.
The book also mentions a deposition made by a soldier named Morgan, who told
of meeting several Welsh-speaking "Indians" who were being held prisoner by
another tribe. Morgan swore that he actually conversed with them in the
Welsh tongue, which they claimed was the language of their ancestors.
Again, I have to stress that this was far from being a scholarly tome, but it
was worth the 50 cents in sheer entertainment value.