- May 2016
This is the usual problem when we talk about pre-Columbiam voyages, or in the case of Brazil pre-Cabral voyages. There are some guys that try to make some money with it, selling huge fantasies. From utter fantasy to possibility to historical established fact goes a wide range.There is no law in Brazil that prohibits archeology studys and discoveries or theories about pre-european contact,in reality there is a guy seling books here about vikings in Brazil or a archeologist that claims Brazil was fists populated by europeans and african neolitic peoples some 40.000 years, the prohibition is a internet legend of people that created the myth of the discovery of the Roman ship in the middle of Rio de Janeiro, and because they cant prove it, they moved to do what they love government conspirancy.
A Brazilian “authority”, the director of the Brazilian National Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Landislau Netto, in 1874 published a copy of a Phoenician transcription revealed in a rock near Paraíba, in the North of Brazil. The inscription was considered a forgery by most of the Semitists, but in 1968 Cyrus H. Gordon tried to rehabilitate it without much success and today there are no much doubts that it is a forgery.
This kind of forgeries (apparently Landislau Netto was a victim here) give us more steps back than steps forward to try to know if there was really such voyages or if there were some random shipwrecks.