It has long been a staple of American education and national heritage that the first who occupied the New World, some of my ancestors, came over across the Bering Land Bridge from East Asia, down into Alaska and Canada, and settled in the present day United States. These are the Indians or Native Americans. But, what if the Native Americans were not so native?
From a description of the book “Across Atlantic Ice” that proposes this idea: “Who were the first humans to inhabit North America? According to the now familiar story, mammal hunters entered the continent some 12,000 years ago via a land bridge that spanned the Bering Sea. Distinctive stone tools belonging to the Clovis culture established the presence of these early New World people. But are the Clovis tools Asian in origin? Drawing from original archaeological analysis, paleoclimatic research, and genetic studies, noted archaeologists Dennis J. Stanford and Bruce A. Bradley challenge the old narrative and, in the process, counter traditional―and often subjective―approaches to archaeological testing for historical relatedness. The authors apply rigorous scholarship to a hypothesis that places the technological antecedents of Clovis in Europe and posits that the first Americans crossed the Atlantic by boat and arrived earlier than previously thought. Supplying archaeological and oceanographic evidence to support this assertion, the book dismantles the old paradigm while persuasively linking Clovis technology with the culture of the Solutrean people who occupied France and Spain more than 20,000 years ago.”
As you may have seen in the video above by Smithsonian, a couple of academics, Dennis J. Stanford and Bruce A. Bradley, have gone a long way to proving that ten thousand years before the Indians, approximately 24,000 years ago, Europeans crossed the ice sheet that stretched across the Atlantic and settled in North America. These people were of the Clovis culture, a people who had originally come from North Africa, came up through Europe over thousands of years, became the Solutrean people of Spain and France, and eventually made their way to North America a very long time before Indians got here. DNA evidence also backs this up.
This would upend all the Leftist horse manure about how Europeans invaded a pure land of native peoples and drove them to ruin. In fact, if this holds true it was the Indians who were the Asian invaders of the Clovis culture and it was innocent Europeans who had their land stolen by rapacious Indians. Maybe Colonel Nelson Miles can put it better.
What an interesting concept and one to make heads explode across the archeology departments of every school in the Ivy League. For me, if it puts a halt to generations of portraying aggressive North American Indians who fought incessantly with each other as gentle souls corrupted by a European invasion, it will be more than enough.