January 2011- Newsletter

Featured Story- Frisland- The last remaining Island of Atlantis?

The Vinland Map (Skaholt Map)

The Skálholt Map, whose first version dated to 1570, is the earliest attempt to combine cartographic knowledge with the stories conveyed in the Vinland sagas.

Frisland was a large island which appeared on a map in the 1500’s. The island was located in the middle of the Atlantic, just south of Iceland. The island’s appearance has ever since caused great speculation and conundrum among scientists and cartographers.

The Zeno brothers were the men responsible for the map in which the large island of Frisland appears. They were famous seafarers from Genoa, Italy, who sailed extensively around the Atlantic. Nicolo, one of the brothers, supposedly got stranded on this vast island north of England and described his experience in letters to his family. Around the year 1550, Nicolo Jr., the grandson of Nicolo Zeno, decided to publish this Zeno map with the large island of Frisland in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. For the next 100 years, Frisland would remain on maps of the Atlantic.

Today, many scholars believe that Nicolo Jr., who lived in Venice, might have forged all of his documents, letters and maps alike, to give Venetians the opportunity to claim they found the “New World” before Columbus.

If you look at Google Earth today you can see by observing the ocean floor that Frisland could have potentially existed, based on the bathometry. Why has the idea of Frisland being the last remaining island of Atlantis not crossed people's minds and that it potentally could have existed? Especially since it is so near the mid atlantic ridge where there could have been major shift in the earths plates and where there is major volcanic activity.

Places like the Netherlands would not exist today if it wasn't for humans ability to reclaim the land. The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying country, with about 25% of its area and 21% of its population located below sea level,with 50% of its land lying less than one metre above sea level. Significant land area has been gained through land reclamation and preserved through an elaborate system of polders and dikes.

Also was there much mapping of the North Atlantic before the 1500. Columbus didn't discover America until the late 1400's. They say it did not appear on maps until the 1500's however, were there other maps of the North Atlantic created before this date?

The climate of Frisland would have been fairly mild considering the location of gulf stream. The West coast of Ireland (Galway) has palm trees and because of it location could have had a similar climate to what Frisland's would have been.They would have had thermal bath waters. Green lush grassland. fertile soil. A Paradise.

"Atlantis perished in a terrible convulsion of nature, in which the whole island sunk into the ocean, with nearly all its inhabitants." Notice the big gaping hole on the ocean floor between the banks where Frisland once stood!!!

Researchers found large temperature excursions during the Medieval Warm Period (about 950–1250)and the Little Ice Age (about 1400–1700, with cold periods persisting into the early 20th century. Maybe this occured for the same reason why Frisland( the last remaining island of Atlantis) sank into the sea.

The Greenland Norse disappeared after the early 1400's because of the extreme climate change even though they were a thriving society from the year 1000 until the late 1300's. The last written records of the Norse Greenlanders are from a 1408 marriage in the church of Hvalsey — today the best-preserved of the Norse ruins. Not much is know about what had happen to the Greenland Viking, why should we know more about Frisland existing or not.

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