The Pleiades in Greek mythology is the collective name for the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione, while in astronomy, it is one of the nearest star clusters to Earth and the most obvious to the naked eye in the Taurus constellation. They were identified among the famous prehistoric paintings on the walls of the Lascaux Cave (16,500 BC).
The Danish independent researcher, Ove Von Spaeth, has a wide-ranging article on cultural references to the Pleiades including the Nebra Sky Disc(a). He also touches on the subject of Atlantis.
However, Jack Countryman has devoted his book, Atlantis and the Seven Stars, to the idea that extraterrestrials from the Pleiades “had initiated human civilisation through Atlantis and the Mediterranean.” A comparable idea has been proposed by Semir Osmanagic, promoter of the Bosnian pyramids, who has suggested that the Maya were descendents of the Atlanteans who in turn arrived on Earth from the Pleiades(b)!
*Frank Joseph claims that the Pleiades, ”like the kings (of Atlantis) listed by Plato, they correspond, through their individual myths, to actual places within the Atlantean sphere of influence, and thereby help to illustrate the story of that vanished empire.” Joseph, concludes by associating each with particular realms within that empire, including the Azores, Morocco. Troy, Yucatan, Italy and the Canaries.[104.227]*
The Cherokee Indians also have have an oral tradition which tells of ‘star people’ coming to Earth from the Pleiades and settling on five islands in the Atlantic known as Elohi Mona. Following the destruction of these islands the survivors migrated to the Americas. A Cherokee contributor to a, now offline, forum related how he always understood Elohi Mona to be a reference to Atlantis.*Another site offering further ‘insights’ into the Atlantean and Cherokee linkage to the Pleiades is available(c).*
Edward Alexander, in a slight twist to the tale, also claims to have been reincarnated many times on Earth, over the past 9,000 years from his distant origins in the Pleiades.
*The Pleiades are known as Subaru in Japanese, giving its name to the car brand and inspiring their logo design.*
Sylvain Meinrad Xavier de Golbéry (1742-1822) was a geographer and military engineer. He is best known for his account of his travels in western Africa. His book was translated into English by W. Mudford with a new title of Travels in Africa. He refers to Atlantis in the Atlantic with the Azores and Canarieshttp://atlantipedia.ie/samples/canary-islands/ as ‘its shattered remains’[p.207] with a possible connection with the Atlantes of northwest Africa.
Reuben T. Durrett (1824-1913) was a lawyer, historian and bibliographer, who had a library of some 50,000 volumes. Among his many works was Traditions of The Earliest Visits of Foreigners to North America in which he devoted considerable space to the subject of Atlantis, which he viewed as a large Atlantic island. He suggested that instead of the belief that the inhabitants of this island peopled America, that we should consider the possibility that the original Americans peopled this Atlantic island!
Regarding the demise of Atlantis he suggests that “All of Plato’s island, however, might not have gone down. Indeed, it is possible that the Azores, the Madeiras, the Canaries, and even the British Islands, as parts of the ill-fated island, may have been left above water when the main island went down amid earthquakes and inundations.”
William Richard Harris (1847-1923) was Irish by birth, but moved to Canada at an early age, where he became a Catholic priest eventually becoming Dean of St. Catharines Church in Toronto. His many interests included history and anthropology, which led to a compilation of some of his lectures being published as Prehistoric Man in America.
He believed in pre-Columbian contact with America by Europeans, citing the Italian historian Ludovico Antonio Muratori, who showed that Brazil wood was a taxable commodity at the Port of Modena as early as 1306!
In the final chapter he discusses the existence of Atlantis, quoting both classical and modern authors. He concludes with his belief that Atlantis was located in the Atlantic with the Canaries, Azores and Cape Verde are its remnants.
Jesse King of Norristown, PA, was the late 19th century author of The Mosaic Account of the Creation Affirmed, which was an attempt to reconcile Biblical history with the evidence of science. The author frequently refers to Atlantis, identifying it as a large island or even a landbridge between the Old and New Worlds. He expresses the opinion that remains of this landbridge are today “the Azores, Madeiras, and Teneriffe islands, about twenty in number.” He quotes, Plato and Euclid in support of his view and dates the end of Atlantis to around 1200 BC.
Included in his output is The Wonder Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes, that had a section on Atlantis, in which he found the idea of an Atlantic Atlantis quite credible along with the then popular idea that the Azores and the Canaries, along with other islands further south, were the remains of Plato’s lost land. He quoted in full Plato’s Atlantis texts.
Jean-Marcel Cadet (1751-1835) was French mineralogist, who was Inspector of Mines on Corsica for 25 years. He wrote a number of papers and books on the geology of the island. Included in his output was Memoire sur les jaspes et autres pierres precieuses de l’isle de Corse(a), published in 1785, in which he also reviewed Plato’s account of Atlantis in his Critias and Timaeus and concluded that Atlantis had been situated in the Atlantic.
My previous entry under the name of Louis Claude Cadet de Gassicourt was completely incorrect, for which I apologise.
René Frank (1974- ) is a German numismatist and musician, who uses ‘René Finn’ as a stage name. He has also published(a) a short paper on his website, which places Atlantis in the Atlantic, centred on the Azores. His argument is weak, citing Otto Muck and early 20th century commentators.
Peter Marsh is a keen diffusionist with a particular interest in the peoples of the Pacific(a). However, this has not precluded him from looking at the Atlantic, where he concluded that the Azores were most likely remnants of Atlantis based on Plato’s description(b).
M. De Lopateki was an occasional contributor at the end of the 19th century to the now defunct Los Angeles Herald. In an article(a) on January 5th 1896 entitled “True Atlantis” in which he disagreed with details of Ignatius Donnelly’s then recently published, Atlantis. Donnelly proposed the Azores as remnants of Atlantis, while Lopateki argued that the total lack of any traces on the islands of a ‘high culture’ would seem to contradict Donnelly.
However, Lopateki proposed that the civilisations of Mexico and Central America were superior candidates for the title of ‘Atlantis’.