(ORDO NEWS) — It has long been believed that the Portuguese explorer Magellan was the first to report on the mysterious giants of Patagonia in the 1520s. However, this is not at all the case.
The Arab traveler of the 10th century, Ibn Fadlan, as a rule, made land expeditions, but nevertheless decided on the only journey by water in his life. He owns a description of the “big-footed” kind inhabitants of an unknown continent at the other end of the world. Many researchers believe that we are talking about Patagonia.
In total, more than ten sailors who visited these parts told about unusual giants. Their growth, according to various estimates, ranged from 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) to 3.5 (11.2 feet). Anthony Knyvet spoke about the corpses he and his team found, which were almost 12 feet long (a little over 3.5 meters).
Around the same time, another traveler, William Adams, described in his diaries an armed conflict with the locals. The power of the savages was so great that they threw huge boulders that pierced the wooden structures of the ship.
Also, John Byron, Thomas Cavendish, Juan Esther and others reported on the giant inhabitants of America.
It was not until the 19th century that the French naturalist Alcide d’Orbigny described the Patagonians as handsome and tall. With his publication, he ruled out the possibility of the existence of giants in America.
But can only one publication be trusted when there have been quite a few reports of encounters with the giants of Patagonia over the centuries? Many travelers told about their meetings with them.
In 1902, a sensational article was published in Belgium. Indians from America were brought to the European mainland as slaves. Among them were educated people, which greatly surprised the public, and one of the representatives of the “Redskins” was interviewed.
Among the numerous questions, the theme of other peoples of distant lands was raised. In his response, the Native American said that before the arrival of Europeans, more than 80 different nationalities of Indians lived in his native lands.
Among them were highly cultured and educated, and there were also wild ones, for example, the Patagonians. According to him, they were very strong warriors. Their growth was almost twice that of a human, and they could easily defeat any beast.
With the advent of Europeans, the hunt for giants began. They were shot like animals. Because of this, by the middle of the 18th century, there were almost no giants left, and the territories were inhabited by neighboring tribes.
This is an important point. It turned out that Magellan, Fadlan, Byron and Cavendish could still see the real Patagonian giants, and Monsieur d’Orbigny was gone. Then it turns out that all travelers are right.
The giants really lived on the territory of America, but were exterminated by progressive Europeans. And in order not to have to repent and be punished for this, the culture of the giants of Patagonia was deleted from the category of science into mythology and folklore.
By the way, in 2013, the bones of 13 individuals were discovered, the growth of which was about 3 meters. This discovery was supposed to overturn modern ideas about the Patagonians, but the Spanish experts considered that they had discovered the bones of Gigantopithecus.
Russian paleontologist Alexander Belov said that photographs of the find were shared with him, and, in his opinion, the skulls absolutely did not meet the standards of Gigantopithecus. Maybe they belonged to the giants of Patagonia?
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