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Thread #53919   Message #834449
Posted By: HuwG
25-Nov-02 - 08:33 AM
Thread Name: BS: What have the Welsh ever done for us ?
Subject: RE: BS: What have the Welsh ever done for us ?
sian from west wales and CET: There is another Welsh connection to the New World which was discussed some years ago. It is well known that Cabot (I forget which - John ? Sebastian ?) made a landfall in Newfoundland in 1497. His journals revealed that he had a lot of help from his pilot, one "John Scolvus". "Scolvus" is Latin for skilful. It is thought that this was actually one John Lloyd, a Welshman of Bristol; and he was so much help to Cabot because he had been there before. (Several Bristol merchants apparently knew about the rich fishing grounds of the Grand Banks, but wanted to keep the knowledge to themselves).

Evidently, the Bristol (and Welsh) attitudes to voyages of exploration differed greatly from Columbus's (and Cabot's) heavily-subsidised state enterprises. What happens should two Welshmen independently find America ? Well, then you get two continents for the price of one.