- Dec 2015
You say pretty much but as opposed to 100% sure. So before 1300 would you 100% rule out the possibility that any group for example from Africa, Europe , Asia or the Middle East ended up in North or South America? As for North America ill include NE Canada but also the east or west coast of the modern USA or South America.The Europeans did not possess the ship technology to make a round trip Atlantic crossing in 1300. The island hopping technique used by the Vikings across the North Atlantic obviously worked, but this dictates landfall in far NE Canada, a very long way from NY and Florida.
This pretty much eliminates the probability of a group intentionally boarding ships to make a trans Atlantic crossing.
There is a good chance that a few ships were carried across the Atlantic by storms with some crew members surviving, but you must realize that these ships were not probably not carrying supplies for a lengthy voyage, so food and water become significant issues. Also if they somehow survived to land in the Americas and intended to return home, the ship would have required repairs and refitting without access to proper supplies. That is a pretty stiff requirement to overcome.
You would submit that its a case of technology? I have read the oldest boat in the world was from 10,000 years ago. Would you then rule out all ancient civilizations such as The Empires of Rome, Persia, Egypt as well as China from being able to travel to North or South America. Why have we heard folks say before Columbus the Chinese, Vikings, or Romans(and thats not all) "might have made it to America" Anytime I talk with folks about the so called discovery of America by Columbus people say that other groups already did or possibly did arrive before Columbus.