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This is cute and obviously satisfies someones bias and agenda. There were Three major immigration waves from Asia and the South Pacific to the pre-Columbian new world over thousands of years time. There were probably 2-3 dozen smaller waves of immigration during this same time period. Each of these waves of new immigrants intergrated into the new world by displacing some of the old immigrants. Sometimes the displacement was as minor as pushing the old immigrants off their lands and sometimes the displacement was genocide killing and enslaving all the "native Americans". By the time Columbus stepped onto the new land there were no "native Americans" who had not survived by killing and enslaving previous "native Americans" to take their land. It is ironic to see a view of history that leaves out this inconvenient fact and presents the "native Americans" as noble savages who are the true and just owners of this land rather then recent immigrants with blood on their hands eager to shed more blood to stop the next wave of immigrants.
Another interesting and ironic fact is that not all the pre-Columbian immigrants came from Asia and the South Pacific. It is probable that multiple waves of immigrants came from Europe including what was probably the first wave of new comers to the new land. There is a considerable amount of evidence of very early Europeans and some evidence suggest that the European immigration preceeded all other immigration. You have to love the irony of it.
I have always wondered how no Europeans could have accidentally bumped into the New World in all of human history until 1492. It didn't make sense that no fisherman would get blown off course and stumble into America.
But lately I have watched several of the America Unearthed series on the History Channel. The one that strikes me as most important is the one about copper mining in the Great Lakes 3,500 to 5,000 years ago. http://www.history.com/shows/america-unearthed/videos/america-unearthed-great-lakes-copper-heist?m=5189717d404fa&s=All&f=1&free=false
It makes perfect sense to me that the sheer volume of copper taken from the area would point to Europeans or Mediterranean cultures like the Minoans mining it for the Old World to use. Very compelling argument that I want to investigate further.
In that long ago era, my high school primer mentioned that the natives of Mexico -- the ones to ally with Cortez -- had a 'myth' that WHITE gods existed across the eastern ocean -- who would return one day.
That notion came from the Cortez expedition.
DNA and the digs indicate that Solutrean culture certainly DID make the jump at least 20,000 ybp.
One of the Asiatic descendant complaints when they arrived ten thousand years later was that EVERYTHING had already been discovered and named by the European-Natives.
That is, many, many, many of the so-called Indian place names date back tens of thousands of years to the Solutreans.
Some American tribes have shockingly high DNA quantums from Europe -- to include the Yakima. (Shades of Kennewick man!)
It's also obvious that Polynesians and the Japanese also made it to the New World -- both long before Columbus. The Japanese settled in Ecuador and are so Japanese that you could transport them to Kyushu and they'd blend right in. My old business partner hailed from that blood line (Kyushu) and I thought I was looking at his doubles in Ecuador!
The Polynesians keep sailing east until they hit the ultimate island: South America. Thor Heyerdahl's line of reasoning looks more solid now than ever. He wrote of natives (Bolivia) telling tales of a huge European vs Asiatic race war -- which the Europeans lost, fulsomely.
The Polynesians of Rapa Nui / Easter Island had a weird social tick: they had a two caste society. When the upper (pale) caste wanted to marry a darker (Polynesian) beauty she was forced to hide out of the Sun in a special cave -- until she whitened up.
That cave has been found. It's loaded to the gills with evidence of human (female) occupation.
This tick was embedded in the film "Rapa Nui." Siskel & Ebert laughed it off -- arrogantly thinking that this was entirely fanciful. In fact, the tale comes from the survivors and the evidences of the cave and the island. The ONLY rationale for such a social tick is the melding of European and Polynesian cultures -- in South America -- just as Heyerdahl claimed.
That the Polynesians transported uniquely American root crops to the Pacific is beyond doubt. They even stayed with the same NAMING as the American natives. (Sweet potato)
There is SOME circumstantial evidence that the Cliff Dwellers of Colorado were European-Americans -- on the defensive -- defeated mere centuries before the post-Columbus wave of European settlement reached the area. Perhaps the final assault was triggered by Columbus, et. al.
And this would go FAR to explain why the Vikings found native resistance to their feeble outpost so virulent. It's because the locals remembered what a handful the Europeans had been for their ancestors.
This happened again in Florida. The Spaniards were astounded as to the fanatical ferocity of the natives. May I suggest that they also had legacies of a brutal racial war?
This legacy is also at the heart of why Cortez could get so far with so few. He didn't understand that he was walking in the legacy of gods. Everything points to the Solutrean culture riding high over the Asiatics for thousands of years -- until things reached the breaking point.
(Shades of Sparta and the Helots.)
We're seeing an echo of this phenomena in South Africa and Zimbabwe today.