Introduction (Written by Professor Bernard Knight CBE, President of MIRA)
One of the most enduring legends in the history of Wales (and at the outset, it must be emphasised that this is only a legend,with almost no historical evidence to substantiate it) is that of Prince Madoc’s voyages to the mainland of North America in the 12th century, over three hundred years before Columbus reached the Caribbean.
Unfortunately, in Elizabethan times the story was hi-jacked (and perhaps even invented) for political purposes and ever since, historians and patriots alike have wrangled over the likelihood of the legend being true. Numerous books and even television documentaries have repeatedly dissected the Madoc story, the main-stream academics generally treating it with derision.
Other pages on this site will enlarge upon the details, but the general thrust of the legend is as follows;