Discover The New World Summary

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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…show more content…
First, the Irish monk Brendan is the least plausible. This is because there is no physical evidence having to do with Brendan in this article. We just learn that there is a mystery island named after him that cannot be found. If it cannot be found then it probably doesn’t exist. Also, his so-called adventures are told in a story book. That is not evidence because there is no concrete proof pertaining to his discovery of the New World. For the Japanese, there was proof; the pottery fragments and the volcanic ash. We do not even know if Brendan truly exists, although some would argue otherwise. The next least plausible theory is the tale of Prince Madoc and the Madman. Although the author of the article believes that Madoc and Madman were the true discoverers of the New World, he does not provide any concrete evidence to support his opinions. All we are told is that in 1583 is the first surfacing of Prince Madoc’s tale. That is it. This does not make the reader believe that Prince Madoc is the true discoverer of the New World, contrary to the author’s beliefs. These two were the least plausible because they did not have any physical evidence. How is someone going to prove their theory based on tales? Most people cannot because they need proof in order to make them believe. Maybe if Donald Dale Jackson had given some more proof for his side of the story then maybe Prince Madoc and the Madman and the Irish Monk Brendan would not be the least plausible theories. All of the other theories, including: Hui-Shen the fifth century Buddhist priest who spent 40 years in Mexico, Columbus in 1492, the British fishermen in the 1480s, and Lief Ericsson around the year 1000; are more plausible than the Irish Monk and Prince Madoc because evidence was given towards each of these theories that makes them slightly more plausible. Nonetheless, the Japanese fishermen have proven to be the first true
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