His review of Atlantis theories is threadbare(b) and has obviously not been updated for some years. Keyes does not offer any theory of his own and really does nothing to advance the study of Plato’s Atlantis
Florida has recently entered the Atlantis Stakes with the suggestion that Harbour Island in Tampa Bay, Florida might be the location of Atlantis. Dennis Brooks has written a book or rather booklet, containing only 67 pages, which examines the topographical and climatic similarities between Harbour Island and Plato’s Atlantis. Investors are now being sought to develop Tampa Bay and Harbour Island as an “Atlantis” tourist destination! Brooks’ booklet has now been repackaged as Atlantis Conspiracy, which can be read online(a).
Brooks also claims that the Florida Peninsula was originally the 110×330 mile plain described by Plato. With a further rush of blood to his head Brooks suggests that the treasure of Atlantis is to be found on Oak Island, off Nova Scotia, where treasure has been sought for the past two centuries.
John Saxer of Tarpon Springs, Florida, in July 2006, outraged some by suggesting(b) that Tarpon Springs was at the centre of the biblical Garden of Eden and that Tampa Bay had been the port of Atlantis.
Coincidentally, Florida is also the home of a small town called – Atlantis, 90km north of Miami.
(a) http://bookacces.com/?p=243571 (offline July 2015)
Dennis Brooks is a U.S. Army retiree now living in Hawaii, who has produced a number of works on the Atlantis mystery. The first is more a booklet, which designates Tampa, Florida as the location of Plato’s sunken civilisation. The second offering claims the entire continents of both North and South America as the extent of the Atlantis Empire. Brooks attempts to spice up his more recent ‘pot-boiler’ with the suggestion that the treasure of Atlantis is to be found on Oak Island(a), off Nova Scotia, a hunting ground of treasure hunters for the past two hundred years. The Oak Island mystery and the suggested link with treasure from Atlantis is dealt with in greater detail in Atlantis and the Oak Island Treasure, an ebook by Benson, Howard and Tyson.
2012 saw the publication of Atlantis:Ten Tribes of the Americas in which Brooks expanded further on his theory. While there is no doubt that pre-Columbian America was home to many sophisticated societies, Brooks fails to demonstrate that any of them were Plato’s Atlantis.
His latest offering is Atlantis, Pyramids Floods in which endeavours to link Noah’s Flood with water damage to the Giza pyramids and the destruction of Atlantis. Jason Colavito has also published a useful critique of Brook’s book(c). One of Brook’s many incorrect claims in this slim volume is that Plato told us that Egypt was the oldest colony of Atlantis! This Kindle book is also relatively short, being equivalent to just over 90 pages. More recently, Brooks returned to the question of the Deluge in a short paper on the Ancient Origins website(d), which contains his usual quota of misinformation.
Brooks sent me a copy of his book, but when I subsequently challenged him on just two errors in his offering, he did not address my specific objections, but offered the following ‘excuses’ – “There are no credible sources when it comes to Atlantis. Therefore, all we have are speculation, dubious sources and assumptions. I see that you take this subject seriously, to me it is only a hobby”.
I would advise Brooks to take up a new hobby.
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was born in London and died at Highgate. Bacon was a statesman, philosopher and essayist and he is also frequently referred to as the father of modern science. Although he was not a great scientist, his promotion of the Inductive Method(a) of reasoning did help scientific advancement.
He was a lawyer and later a judge. In 1621 he was accused of taking bribes, a practice common among judges of the day. He confessed to some of the charges, but because he had the support of King James I, the fine of £40,000 was remitted.
In 1626, Bacon published The New Atlantis(c), generally accepted as a political fable, in which he located his fictional Atlantis off the west coast of America. In the same book he also describes a number of later inventions which probably also makes Bacon the first science fiction writer. However, David Hatcher Childress claims[620.221] that Bacon believed that ‘North Africa and the coast of Morocco’ to be Atlantis, but unfortunately provides no source or reference.
Bacon, who also received some land in America, has been linked with the strange Oak Island Mystery, regarding which it has been suggested that he had hidden there evidence of his authorship of Shakespeare’s plays! Both Ignatius Donnelly and Comyns Beaumont were supporters of this Baconian Hypothesis.
It is sometimes inaccurately(b) claimed that in 1620 Bacon also commented on the close fit of the South American continent with the outline of West Africa, presaging the inspiration behind Snider-Pellagrini and Alfred Wegner’s continental drift.