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The Search For Atlantis in Cuba - Finally, Some Answers!! - UPDATE

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« on: March 02, 2008, 08:07:29 am »

Moreover, Cuba has been identified by leading geographers as a mysterious island para-
dise known as Antillia, or the island of the Seven Cities, said to have laid in the outer
ocean according to Moorish, and later Portuguese medieval tradition (and unquestionably
borrowed from much earlier Phoenician and Carthaginian sources).

More than this, the name Antillia can be shown to derive from the Semitic word root ATL,
'to elevate', which was also the root behind the name Atlas, from which we derive the
name Atlantis, 'daughter of Atlas', the term used for an Atlantic island (Atlantides,
'daughters of Atlas', was the plural used in ancient times to denote Atlantic islands in gene-
ral). In other words, if Antillia was merely a medieval form of Atlantis, then it further con-
firms Cuba's association with Plato's Atlantic paradise.


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From Wikipedia:

Antillia (or Antilia) is a phantom island said to lie in the Atlantic Ocean far to the west of Spain.
This mythical island had several other names such as Isle of Seven Cities, Ilha das Sete Cidades (Portuguese), Septe Cidades, Sanbrandan (or St Brendan), etc. Antillia was also identified with
islands including the Isles of the Blest and the Fortunate Islands.

The origin of the name is quite uncertain. The oldest suggested etymology (1455) fancifully
connects it with the name of the Platonic Atlantis, while later writers have endeavoured to
derive it from the Latin anterior (i.e. the island that is reached "before" Cipango), or from the
Jezirat al Tennyn, "Dragon's Isle".


The legend of the islands seems to have arisen at the latest in pre-Christian Roman times when
Plutarch chronicled (in 74 AD, chapter 8 refers) the life of the Roman military commander and
Consul of Spain Quintus Sertorius (died 75 BC). After returning by sea to Spain after a campaign
in "Mauretania" (modern northern Morocco), Sertorius "met some sailors who had recently come
back from the Atlantic Islands." It was from these men that Sertorius learned facts so beguiling
that he made it his life's ambition to find the islands and retire there. According to Plutarch:

The islands are said to be two in number separated by a very narrow strait and lie 10,000 furlongs
from Africa. They are called the Isles of the Blessed. They enjoy moderate rains and long intervals
of winds which for the most part are soft, and precipitate dew, so that the islands not only have a
rich soil excellent for ploughing and planting but also produce a natural fruit that is plentiful and whole-
some enough to feed, without toil or trouble, a leisured folk.

Moreover an air that is salubrious, owing to the climate and the moderate changes in the seasons,
prevails on the islands. The North and East winds which blow out from our part of the world plunge
into fathomless space and, owing to the distance, dissipate themselves and lose their power before
they reach the islands, while the South and West winds that envelop the islands sometimes bring in
their train soft and intermittent showers, but for the most part cool them with moist breezes and gently
nourish the soil. Therefore a firm belief has made its way, even to the barbarians, that here are the
Elysian Fields and the abode of the Blessed of which Homer sang."

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