American History Paper

888 WordsFeb 12, 20124 Pages
In his article “Who the heck did “discover” the New World?” author Donald Dale Jackson examines the evidence and attempts to answer this question. He “feels pretty certain” that Madoc and Madman was the first true discoverer of America. However, after reading the arguments and information that he has put forth in this article, it is obvious that the Japanese fishermen were the first true discoverers of the New World. The case for a Japanese discoverer began with the finding of pottery fragments in Ecuador circa 3000 B.C. The discovery was made by an amateur archaeologist on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador in 1956. The designs on the pottery resembled those descriptions that he had read of Japanese pieces from about the same time. He wrote to archaeologist Betty Meggers who was intrigued and travelled to Japan to investigate. Meggers found that someone from Japan sailed to South America five millennia ago. There are many similarities between the Ecuador pieces and some pots made on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan around the same time period. Pottery from these two sites had more than 20 common design features. Meggers also concluded that there was no evidence of pottery in Ecuador before that time, suggesting that the visitors introduced it; these visitors being the Japanese fishermen. How did these fishermen cross the pacific? It has been speculated that a boatload of fisherman were caught in a storm and carried east by the Japan Current. Also, there has been evidence of a volcanic eruption on a small island off of Kyushu in the same time period. The eruption spread ash over some parts of Kyushu. This explains why people would have to evacuate and go somewhere far away that was safe. This theory is the most plausible for many reasons. To begin with, there is a correlation between the pottery in Ecuador and the pottery in Japan. Meggers herself says “The

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