02-27-03, 12:41 PM
i posted this earlier, but worth posting again (imho) as a thread.
This may be a contentious idea but,
03-02-03, 07:20 PM
Do you know about the Viking colonies on the Eastern Coast?
03-02-03, 08:39 PM
A Yes ,the vikings.
But here is also the case of the Roman coin hoard found washed up in a jar on a beach in north-east Venezuela.
The age of the coins span an immensely-long period that stretches between the reign of Caesar Augustus (63 BC-AD 14) and a date of around AD 350.
Since the hoard includes many duplicates, there seems very little likelihood that it could have been a discarded or buried collection of colonial origin, or that it might have been part of a national treasure trove on its way either to or from the New World. What seems more likely is that it is the wealth of a Roman trader lost overboard when his ship was wrecked sometime around AD 350.
A vessel that follows the North Equatorial Current westwards from the Cape Verdes will be carried directly to the northern coast of Venezuela, almost precisely where the hoard was found. The coins are now in the possession of the Smithsonian Institution.
In addition to this evidence there are numerous examples of Roman amphorae and coins having been found in New England, indicating that Roman vessels were also using the so-called Northwest Passage to reach North America via the Faeroes, Iceland, Greenland, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.