Read the description of the features of the Utes along Utah Lake the friars commenting about bearded features! This was in the 1600s?
You think the French penetrated this far south, this was in 1776?
I have seen bearded Utes, always thought this was recent, maybe lost Spanish from first contact had influenced genetics?
If you can keep from getting your throat cut, we need to visit Southern Utah, Colorado, do some research In the future.
Ishmael, white Indians, bearded Indians, blue-eyed Indians, have evoked many theories of prehistoric European migrations, Viking Invasions, etc. Gavin Menzies book 1424 includes evidence, archaeological and DNA, that Chinese colonized the Americas.
I can tell you this:
Three white men and a black man walked around Texas for four yearsin the 1520s.
In the 1540s two Spanish armies marched through areas that became over a dozen of our southern states.
In the 1560s, 100 English pirates were marooned at the mouth of the Rio Grande and walked to Cape Breton, Canada—well, only three made it that far, with it seeming very likely that many of the rest went native, as they were not abused by the tribes they met.
100 English settlers were distributed as slaves among at least three southeastern tribes in 1587.
And just imagine the shipwrecks from 1492-1600? Those mariners did not have radar or black boxes. When they went aground or went under, it was usually near a coast and they just were not heard from again.
Various Indian tribes, up through the mid-1800s, encouraged their women to have sex with white men for various reasons, including gathering intelligence, trading sex for steel, etc. Although I do not discount any of the more ancient theories, to account for beards and blue eyes among Indians as early as 1600, we need look only to the accepted historical record.
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