Smith, Amy and William
Amy and William Smith are a husband and wife team of American researchers from Flippin, Arkansas. The Smiths claim that Atlantis had been located on a land bridge that had connected Cuba with the Yucatan Peninsula. This would agree with the claim of Paulina Zelitsky who in 2001 announced the discovery of underwater features off the western tip of Cuba that seemed to be the remains of an urban settlement. Amy dates the destruction of this land bridge to circa 10000 BC. At that time the Gulf of Mexico was virtually an enclosed sea with global sea levels 400-500 ft lower.
She attributes the demolition of this land bridge to the enormous quantities of water that poured into the Gulf from the Mississippi River system over a short period due to the rapid melting of the North American Glacier. This influx weakened the isthmus, gradually breaching it and eventually leading to its total destruction.
The Smiths blame this speedy retreat of the North American Ice Sheet on a sudden increase in the axial tilt of the earth. Although they do not offer an explanation for this dramatic shift, they refer to two ancient quotations that may support the reality of this Pole Shift – one from Plato (Timaeus 22d) and the other from the Book of Enoch/Noah (65.1) . They also reprised their ideas on the world-mysteries website(b).
My own views are that the starting point, namely a pole shift is widely supported, although the date of its occurrence debateable. The destruction and dating of the Yucatan land bridge needs further investigation. I personally reject the idea of Plato’s Atlantis having been in the Caribbean, although there is a distinct possibility that other sunken cities may be discovered there. In short their thesis requires further development, but I believe that they have opened up important matters for investigation and discussion.
The Smiths support their contentions with a well illustrated website(a). Amy has also published a book on the identity of Moses, Moses: The Josephus Solution.