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It is today considered possible that there was sporadic contact between Europe and North America as early as the Ice Ages. Before the European voyages to the New World of the ages of discovery there were tales of islands far out in the 'world ocean.' Whether these reflected pre-Columbian knowledge of the Americas or were just the human impulse to fill in the blanks is still up for debate.
This book covers many of the best-known (and some lesser-known) legends, from Atlantis, the Irish voyages of Bran, Maelduin and St. Brendan, the elusive Antillia and the Fountain of Youth which the Spanish sought, and the mysterious city of Norumbega. Rounding out the book is a mass of scholarly notes which identify the sources of each tale.
This collection of books contains 6 best titles on Ancient Voyagers:
1) Tales of the Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
2) Fusang or the Discovery of America by Chinese Buddhist Priests in the Fifth Century, by Charles G. Leland
3) Pale Ink by Henriette Mertz
4) The Norse Discovery of America by Arthur Middleton Reeves, North Ludlow Beamish, and Rasmus B. Anderson
5) The Voyage of Bran by Meyer Kuno
6) The Piri Reis map