Hebrew Colonies in the New World.
These two extracts are from Albert James Pickett History of Alabama :
July 1776: When Milfort arrived among the Creeks, the old men often spoke of their ancestors, and they exhibited to him strands of pearls which contained their history and constituted their archives. Upon their arrangement depended their signification, and only principal events were thus preserved. One of their chaplets sometimes related the history of thirty years. Each year was rapidly distinguished by those who understood them. The old men, therefore, with the assistance of these singular records and strong memories, were enabled to impart to Milfort a correct tradition, the substance of which we give.
(This is similar to the quipu of the Incans.)
In 1822, Big Warrior, who then ruled the Creek confederacy, confirmed this tradition, even going further back than Milfort, taking the Muscogees from Asia, bringing them over the Pacific, landing them near the Isthmus of Darien, and conducting them from thence to this country. “My ancestors were a mighty people. After they reached the waters of the Alabama and took possession of all this country, they went further — conquered the tribes along the Chattahoochie, and upon all the rivers from thence to the Savannah — yes, and even whipped the Indians then living in the territory of South Carolina, and wrestled much of their country from them.” The Big Warrior concluded this sentence with great exultation, when Mr. Compere, to whom he was speaking, interposed an unfortunate question: — “If this is the way your ancestors acquired all the territory now lying in Georgia, how can you blame the American population in that State for endeavoring to take it from you?” Never after that could the worthy missionary extract a solitary item from the Chieftain, in relation to the history of his people. **
You have to wonder where the Chief got the idea that his ancestors came from Asia and landed near the Isthmus of Darian. If James Adair and others are correct and believe that the Muscogees and other tribes have Hebrew sounding words and their traditions are similar to the Hebrews then this might mean that a family or a group of families of Hebrew origins started a colony near the Isthmus of Darian and through the generations ended up in southeastern US. This just a thought that I am still working on.
This is an excellent compilation of the early history of the southeastern United States. This gives an unbiased look at research that has been done by earlier historians, especially James Adair, Bartram, and Milfort. I read James Adair’s book The History of the North American Indians and it is a great source of information on tribal customs of the southeastern tribes. One of the things I remember most about this book is that he states that he is not trying to prove that the Indians came from Hebrew origins but presents discoveries made by him of the possibility of Hebrew origins. He was not impressed by scientists living in Washington DC who lived so close to the local tribes and has had many problems with the US government in his trading with the natives and the French. It is a very frank view of his life with the local tribes of Louisiana and Alabama.
These works by Pickett and others should be re-studied and reviewed in light of small groups of families of Hebrew origins that taught the local natives their religion and advanced knowledge of farming, metallurgy, government, etc. These Hebrew families would have integrated and mixed with the local peoples but their traditions and knowledge would have survived the centuries. This would account for traditions of white, bearded men living amongst the tribes who taught them many new things. And this would account for not being able to find DNA evidence and the seemingly conflicting evidence of Mongolian origins and Hebrew-like language and customs.
This excerpt is from Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan by John L. Stephens:
According to the manuscript of Don Juan Torres, the grandson of the last king of the Quiches, which was in the possession
of the lieutenant-general appointed by Pedro de Alvarado, and which Fuentes says he obtained by means of Father Francis
Vasques, the historian of the order of San Francis, the Toltecas themselves descended from the house of Israel, who were
released by Moses from the tyranny of Pharaoh, and after crossing the Red Sea, fell into idolatry. To avoid the reproofs
of Moses, or from fear of his inflicting upon them some chastisement, they separated from him and his brethren, and under
the guidance of Tanub, their chief, passed from one continent to the other, to a place which they called the seven caverns,
a part of the kingdom of Mexico, where they founded the celebrated city of Tula. From Tanub sprang the families of the kings
of Tula and Quiche, and the first monarch of the Toltecas.
If this story is true then this would have happened before Lehi and Mulek arrived in the New World and the Mayan empire was already flourishing. This is this main reason why I don’t believe that Lehi and his family would have landed anywhere near Central America. The time was not right for him to introduce the Church of Christ to these people. Only Mulek and his people who had very little religious teachings nor scriptures would have been able to live amongst these people. They brought ships with them and other things needed for the Mayan empire to grow. More to come…
More to come….