did Basque fishermen visit Newfoundland before 1492 common era?
- ConnieLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Narrative and critical history of America edited by Justin Winsor
PRE COLUMBIAN EXPLORATIONS
The presence of the Basques on the coasts of North America long before the voyage of Columbus is often asserted and there is no improbability in a daring race of seamen in search of whales finding a way to the American waters There are some indications in the early cartography which can perhaps be easily explained on this hypothesis there are said to be unusual linguistic correspondences in the American tongues with those of this strange people There are the reports of the earliest navigators who have left indisputable records that earlier visitors from Europe had been before them and Cabot may have found some reminders of such and it is even asserted that ik was a Basque mariner who had been on the Newfoundland banks and gave to Columbus some premonitions of the New World.
Basque cod fishermen were perhaps regularly sailing America's coasts long before Columbus, but didn't tell anyone about it because it was a prime fishing spot. America's coasts were a Basque's best-kept trade secret, and the massive hauls they could procure off of an unoccupied coast were a major contributing factor to their fame as fisherman.
- 6 years ago
Basque whaling settlements in Newfoundland are dated older than 1492
- old ladyLv 78 years ago
It's generally believed them did, but there are no formal monuments or other indicators that could prove they did.
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- Anonymous8 years ago
Presumably. There is evidence someone did.