In a message dated 4/29/02 12:02:02 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
Hi: I noted the comment about "America is a Welsh name." Of course, it is.
We all know that. I was told as a child by my Welsh-born father that the
Welsh discovered America a very long time ago, sailing across the North
Atlantic is a coracle. We know that Madog sailed into Mobile Bay.
The problem is that Columbus was an Italian and Spain says she discovered the
New World. All the books say the same thing.
Personally, I think that America was named for the Welshman but try and tell
the rest of the world. I was on an internet site the other day and put in
"Wales" and what came out said "unknown." Yuck!
PS: Elvis Presley was indeed Welsh. His mother was of Welsh descent. I
don't know how far back.
In the Western Mail today:
"America is a Welsh Name"
America was named after a Welshman according to a new book.
It has long been held that the continent was named after Italian explorer
Ameriga Vespucci. But according to Amerike, the Briton Who Gave America its
Name by Rodney Broome, the continent was named after a Welsh customs man.
In the book he argues the land was named by Bristol-based explorer John
Cabot in 1496, before Vespucci made his voyage to the New World.
Mr Broom said "Cabot mapped the land he saw in detail and named after the
main sponsor of the trip, a Welsh aristocrat called Richard Amerike"
Amerike (anglicised from ap Maryke) was a Welsh landowner and merchant who
held the post of King's Custom Officer and lived at Clifton Manor in Bristol.
The author's claim is based on documents he discovered in the archives in
This claim is also made in Terry Breverton's book an A to Z of Wales & the
Welsh (Christopher Davies(Publishers Swansea)ltd 2000) I quote:
" Some say that America was named after Richard ap Meurig, otherwise known
as Richard Amerik, a merchant from Glamorgan who sponsored John Cabot's
second voyage from Bristol"
(This is an interesting and useful book but unfortunately, it was ridiculed
in some of the tabloid press for suggesting that Elvis might have had Welsh
I would be very interested to know whether listers in the US have seen the
Richard ap Meurig story reported.
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 11:29:08 +0100
From: "Mike James" <mike.james(a)bigfoot.com>
Subject: RE: [Dyfed] Universal Directory of GB 1791
Here is a link to a page about how Queen Elizabeth I sited Madog's discovery
of America during her confrontation with Spain.
No doubt about it really.
But why did you have to 'cast a gloom over proceedings' by suggesting a
Welsh connection with Elvis...surely we can't be blamed for everything!!!!