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How the Guanches Got to the Canaries

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« on: March 01, 2008, 10:09:02 pm »

                                    How the Guanches Got to the Canaries

Many writers who investigated the problem of the Guanches were puzzled by the fact that
the natives of the Canaries detested the sea, and never sailed it at all. So, it is pertinent
to ask, after them, how did the Guanches get to the isolated Canaries in the first place?

The answer seems to be rather simple, after all. They were brought as passengers in the
ships of seafaring peoples such as the Phoenicians, the Etruscans, the Minoan Cretans,
and so forth. Indeed, the ancient records are full of references to the "ships of Tarshish"
being used by passengers and migrants of several different nations.

When the White Ethiopians who survived the Atlantean cataclysm emigrated to the distant
Occident in their ships — under the guidance of admirals like Aeneas, Hercules, Phoroneos,
and Hu Gadarn and, perhaps, Noah, Canopus and Jason — they settled in colonies along
the way, on every coast and every island that looked promising. The legends are certainly
founded in actual fact, and these fleets of ocean worth vessels are the ones allegorized
as the Ark of Noah in the Bible or as the Argonavis in Greek legends.

It was thus that Mauritania was settled by the Berbers, Lebanon by the Phoenicians, Crete
by the Minoans, Italy by the Etruscans, the British Islands and Brittany by the Celts and,
of course, the Canaries by the Guanches. Many of these emigrants were, as is usually
the case, mere passengers who never knew how to sail or, even less, how to design and
build sea-worthy ships strong enough to sail the open, rough ocean, a feat very hard to
accomplish in antiquity. Such huge sailships — the "ships of Tarshish" of Biblical traditions
 — are attested from remotest antiquity, for instance in the Gerzean ceramics of pre-
Dynastic Egypt, which date from about 5,500 BP or so.

In this way, the Guanches were stranded on the Canaries, and the enigma which has defied
solution for millennia is naturally explained. The ancient peripluses like those of Hanno and
Himilco relate similar expeditions and even the establishment of such insular colonies. Such

is also the meaning of myths like the one of Aeneas and his fleet fleeing from the destroyed,
sunken Troy or, also, of the Biblical relate of Noah and his clan repeopling the Islands of
the Nations, and founding the different nations of mankind.


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Kara Sundstrom
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2008, 11:08:56 pm »

Hi Bianca,

Not sure about Santos's observations.  Lots of people bring up the "ships of Tarshish," but if they had anything to do with Atlantis, it would be a lot more recent.  It wouldn't be in the years Plato sets it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2008, 12:11:24 am »

Hi, Kara!

Shhh.......between you and me, I don't  much care for Santos' deductions, with
all due respect to the deceased.

We have members that came here after his blog was shut down.   

Thing is, I just try to report different views, regardless of my personal opinions.  Sometimes
it is not quite so easy.....
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