America Explorers Before Columbus Irish Monk St. Brendan

About Irish monk St. Brendan the Navigator, history of the man who may have visited the Americas before Columbus.

A CHRONOLOGY OF THE EXPLORATION OF THE AMERICAS

POSSIBLE VISITS PREDATING COLUMBUS

6th Century A.D.--Irish Monk St. Brendan the Navigator

St. Brendan, like many other Irish monks, was an expert sailor. According to legend, he traveled for years on a search for an Eden across the Atlantic. The curraghs in which he sailed, boats consisting of a wooden frame covered with oxhide, were very seaworthy. He may have reached Jan Mayen Island north of Iceland and perhaps the mainland of the Americas.

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