Did the Vikings Walk the Natchez Trace?
I’ve used my research about Meriwether Lewis as a springboard to study theories about how people populated North and South America. Scholars propose and debate theories from the outlandish to the plausible.
I enjoy them all.
I’ve written about the Welsh prince Madoc and the theory that his clan crossed the Atlantic in the 1100s and founded the Mandan tribe in South Dakota. Nobody’s ever found a shred of evidence to prove that tale.
But maybe the Mandans had blue-eyed, fair-haired folk for a different reason. Maybe that line of DNA came from the Vikings.
Archeologists have uncovered a Viking ship mired in Mississippi mud in the river near Memphis, Tennessee. Carbon dating puts its age at around 1000AD. It’s the first hard evidence that the Vikings penetrated far into the North American continent.
Why does that matter to me?
The predecessors of the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes of Native Americans had sagas, much like the Vikings. The Mississippian peoples settled along the Natchez Trace and built the mounds you see today. Their folklore contains stories of vicious battles with red-haired peoples of unknown origin.
Could the Vikings have explored the Natchez Trace more than 1,000 years ago? Or perhaps they turned upriver and explored the Missouri watershed on foot? Maybe they split up and did both.
I can’t wait to see how this story unfolds.
You can read more about it by clicking here: http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/usa-viking-ship-discovered-near-mississipi-river/
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