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King Solomon's Mines, The Egyptian, Hebrew and Phoenician Exploration of North and South America

My vast library of New Age books has allowed me to research many new interesting theories about humanities ancient history.

Egyptian Ocean Going Vessel

This artists depiction of an ancient Egyptian ship shows that a civilization that could build the Great Pyramid of Giza would have no trouble designing and building an Ocean going vessel.

This artists depiction of an ancient Egyptian ship shows that a civilization that could build the Great Pyramid of Giza would have no trouble designing and building an Ocean going vessel.

Egyptian and Phoenician Alliance

In this article King Solomon's Mines, The Egyptian, Hebrew and Phoenician Colonization of North and South America, we will explore the idea that Columbus wasn't the first to discover North America but really only the last. I will describe why and how The Powers That Be, the Cabal or the Illuminati if you prefer have rewritten America's history and censored archeological discoveries, that would show that many ancient nations and civilizations already knew of the North American continent and had colonized it as well.

The amount of recently discovered shipwrecks of such groups of people as the Celts, Vikings, Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Chinese, Polynesians and Moors off the coasts of both North and South America and in the Caribbean provide ample evidence, that white Europeans were not the first to discover the New World. Because many of these wrecks are easily two to three thousand years old and some even older, logic dictates that at least some of these exploring groups of people would establish colonies.

This of course explains why Roman coins have been found in South America, Egyptian artifacts in the Grand Canyon, Celtic stonework East of the Mississippi, Phoenician sculptures from Los Angeles to Chicago, the Hebrew language was the basis for the Cherokee language and wide variety of other artifacts throughout both North and South America from the above mentioned groups.

Since the pursuit of gold and other precious metals has always been a motivating factor for exploration and colonization of new lands by kings, queens and nations since the beginning of written history, it doesn't require a lot of imagination to understand why any major ancient power or nations would be motivated to expanding their territories by exploring and colonizing new land, especially if it was inhabited by people of a far less technological and intellectual sophistication and easily defeated in war.

Once bronze was discovered to be a harder alloy of metal for making weapons, it became a distinct advantage for countries to have their own supply of copper and tin ( the two main ingredients) for making bronze. However archeological evidence has shown that nations and groups of people that achieved the development of bronze into their societies (or trading for it) progressed far quicker as a civilization than those that didn't. Because it allowed them to introduce writing (create laws & contracts), create long lasting agricultural tools and projects (aqueducts), invent the potter's wheel and develop sophisticated medical tools and eating utensils, making superior weapons and tools and wide variety of other uses that allowed their societies to grow and flourish.

One of the great mysteries of the ancient world, that has long been in dispute in academic circles, is the location of King Solomon's Mines, a source of his tremendous wealth and power. When King Solomon rose to power in 1,000 BC, he immediately began to explore, expand and colonize new territories from his position of power in Alexandria, Egypt. Allied with Hiram I of Tyre, a Phoenician King, he was able to develop a network of trading posts that doubled as military outposts. The Phoenicians were already an established Naval presence throughout the Mediterranean Sea and had explored much of the world's oceans as well. Combined with King Solomon's vast wealth and large army, they made formidable allies but what they both really needed was control over their own copper and tin supplies.

As allies they were able to rely on each others wealth, knowledge and experience to engage in joint expeditions to new lands called Tarshish and Ophir. Among scholars, researchers, writers and archeologists the locations of both Ophir and Tarshish are widely disputed but the consensus has Ophir located in India or Indonesia based descriptions from maps made by explorers and the ancient names of islands. Sri Lanka is the most likely location for Ophir but Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Tunisia in Africa have been mentioned as locations as well as cases made for Peru and Brazil or even the Philippines.

What intrigued me were the descriptions for the location of Tarshsish, taken from the Hebrew Bible of a very large land or region in the far West of the Mediterranean Sea. Which of course, we all know the only large land mass West of the Mediterranean Sea would be either North or South America. Wikipedia lists a wide variety of locations for Tarshish, including Great Britain, Spain and Zimbabwe but is careful not to mention the idea that Tarshish could have been located in the New World. Cyrus Gordon, a Bible Scholar, writer and linguistic expert has noted the similarities between the Cherokee written language and Hebrew and has made the claim based on his own research that Tarshish, is in fact America.

Other writers and researchers have also made this same claim, based on the discovery of ancient mining operations in the Great Lakes region of the United States and of gold and silver mines in Kentucky and Tennessee. In the book The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America: The Missing Skeletons and the Great Smithsonian Cover-up by Richard J. Dewhurst, he writes that carbon dating from wood found in artifacts recovered from copper mines in Michigan have been determined to be 1,000 to 10,000 years old. Researchers have determined a continuous mining history from at least 8,000 BCE to around 1,500 BCE, contemporaneous with the volcanic explosion on the Cretan island of Thera (Santorini). However it does resume somewhere around the last millennium BC (900 to 1,000 BC), which would correspond with King Solomon's rise to power and vast accumulation of wealth from expeditions to Tarshish.

There is ample archeological evidence that continuous mining has gone on in this region for over ten thousand years and has produced in conservative estimates 500,000 TONS of copper. Since North America has never been considered having experienced a Bronze Age, then the question that comes to mind is where did all that copper and tin go?

However what I find even more interesting is that traditional researchers and archeologists refuse to analyze copper found in Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world for its Michigan signature. This refusal to correlate information shows a clear pattern or design to censor information that would show ancient America was a busy trading community with other parts of the world in ancient times.

Canary Islands

Canary Islands

The idea that ancient history has been rewritten to suit those that wish to keep certain information a secret from the public, there can be no doubt in my mind. That being said, I read somewhere (unsure of the source) that the Canary Islands, were in fact named after the Canaanites, and who were the Canaanites but the Phoenicians. So let's explore this possibility before moving on, shall we? Wikipedia has this to say about the term Canaanites;

The name "Canaanites" (כְּנָעַנִיְם‬ kənā‘anīm, כְּנָעַנִי‬ kənā‘anī) is attested, many centuries later, as the endonym of the people later known to the Ancient Greeks from c. 500 BC as Phoenicians, and following the emigration of Canaanite-speakers to Carthage (founded in the 9th century BC), was also used as a self-designation by the Punics (chanani) of North Africa during Late Antiquity.

The scholar William F. Albright, in his book, The Role of the Canaanites in the History of Civilization, proposes the idea that Phoenician exploration of the Mediterranean and New World didn't really begin until the Hebrew King David defeated the Philistine empire in 990 BC. This shift in power opened the door for many other nations to begin exploration, due to the Philistine reduction in naval supremacy of the Mediterranean.

This allowed such city/states of Phoenicia, such as Carthage, Byblos, Sidonia and Tyre to begin to develop trade with the British Isles for tin, create colonies in Spain (Cadiz) and West Africa, namely Morocco and the Canary Islands and to sail beyond the Strait of Gibraltar into the open Atlantic Ocean. Interestingly enough the Greek word Phoinike means "people of the purple" (phoinios) because their main trade good was a purple dye they extracted from a mollusk (purpur murex) that could only be found in the coral reefs surrounding the Canary Islands. Of course it is easy to make the connection from Canaanite to Canary but there is more to this possible connection when we recognize that many ancient sea-faring civilizations may have visited these islands, such as the Egyptians.

We know that the Egyptians worshipped many Gods in their pantheon but one such was Anubis, the Jackal Headed God of the Underworld. We also know that the earliest known inhabitants of the Canary Islands were known as the Guanches, that in fact worshipped dogs and even mummified them and treated dogs as holy animals. Of course, one of the only ancient civilization to mummify their dead were the Egyptians. Yet we also know that in ancient times the Canary Islands supported a large colony of seals (monk seals), which are often called sea dogs. And we know that Phoenicians were master sailors and that master sailors are often referred too as "sea dogs" or canis marinus.

Canine is not only an adjective but also a noun. Dogs and their relatives in the Canidae family—the wolves, jackals, foxes, and coyotes—are often called canines. And so are those two slightly pointed teeth a bit to the right and left of your front teeth. Lest I digress into the role that dogs play in humanities ancient history and mythology with descriptions of the Dog Star (Orion), the Dogon Tribe in Africa (Sirius) and even that God spelled backwards is Dog, suffice to say that there does seem to be a dogged connection with Canaanites, Canines and the Canary Islands.

However one might question why I would spend so much time emphasizing the Canary Islands and their connection to the Egyptian and Phoenician civilizations? However if we examine the Gulf Stream, the current of water in the Atlantic Ocean that can easily propel ships along its course, that rely on oars or sails for their mode of transportation, then we can easily understand why the Canary Islands would serve any sea trading nation as logical base of operations.

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Gulf Stream

If we examine the map of the Gulf Stream, we can easily see how any maritime trading nation would use this current to arrive in the New World and traverse the North American coastline.

If we examine the map of the Gulf Stream, we can easily see how any maritime trading nation would use this current to arrive in the New World and traverse the North American coastline.

King Solomon

King Solomon's name means peaceful, taken from the Hebrew word Shelom or Shelomoh, in the Bible it is Jedidah, meaning Loved By God. Many scholars think that the name Solomon may have been a King Name, such as Christ. In the Old Testament, Jedidah is considered the last king of a united Israel and builder of the Temple of Jerusalem. It is interesting to note that the name Jerusalem, also has the word Salem in it.

His reign lasted from 1,000 BC to 960 BC and is known as the Augustan Age in the Jewish annals. According to some historians, in a single year he was able to collect tribute in the amount of 666 talents of gold. A talent is the equivalent of 75 pounds, which would be almost 50,000 pounds or the equivalent in today's monetary system of about 750 Billion dollars. Now consider that this is just a single year of his reign and you can begin to see just how much wealth he would have accumulated in his forty years of ruling Israel. And, this is just what he made from his gold mines and doesn't include the vast amount of wealth he accumulated from other expensive trade goods, such as silk from China, spices from India, slaves from Africa and the Caribbean and copper, silver and tin from the Americas.

So the question that comes to mind is just where did he accumulate such a vast amount of wealth and where were these sources located?

However he is not just mentioned in the Bible but also the Qur'an, which names him Sulayman and attributes him as a great scholar, prophet and ruler that has attained many mystical powers, including but not limited too learning the language of birds with the ability to access the Hidden Glory in the World. In Surah 34:12 of the Qur'an we have the following text, which may reveal the source of his great wealth.

"And unto Solomon (We made subservient) the wind: Its morning course (covered the distance of) a month's journey, and it's evening course, a month's journey. And we caused a mountain of molten copper to flow at his behest; and (even) among the invisible beings there were some that had (been constrained) to labor for him by his Sustainers leave . . . ".

What I find interesting here, is that this text describes a month long journey using the power of the wind (sailing ships), to a land of unlimited copper, which would adequately describe a journey to North America and the copper mines of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

George Rawlinson, a 19th Century English scholar, historian and Christian theologian, had this to say about King Solomon's reign.

"The kingdom of Solomon," says George Rawlinson, "is one of the most striking facts in Biblical history. A petty nation, which for hundreds of years has with difficulty maintained a separate existence in the midst of warlike tribes, each of which has in turn exercised dominion over it and oppressed it, is suddenly raised by the genius of a soldier-monarch to glory and greatness."

Rawlinson continues, "an empire is established which extends from the Euphrates to the borders of Egypt, a distance of 450 miles; and this empire, rapidly constructed, enters almost immediately on a period of peace which lasts for half a century. Wealth, grandeur, architectural magnificence, artistic excellence, commercial enterprise, a position of dignity among the great nations of the earth, are enjoyed during this space, at the end of which there is a sudden collapse."

During King Solomon's reign the region enjoys almost a half century of peace and great wealth, which enables him to build, what is known as today as the Temple of Solomon, which is used to house the Ark of the Covenant. There is a great deal of history concerning just how King Solomon accumulated such great wealth, while keeping his sources a secret from not just his neighboring nations but from modern scholars as well. I think it is safe to say that the locations of his resources would be a closely guarded 'trade secret', that he would be unwilling to even share with some of his allies.

Temple of Solomon

King Solomon's vast amount of wealth allowed him to employ the Phoenicians to build, what is known as the Temple of Solomon, notice the tall ceiling.

King Solomon's vast amount of wealth allowed him to employ the Phoenicians to build, what is known as the Temple of Solomon, notice the tall ceiling.

Ancient Ship Building

The idea that any civilization capable of constructing the Great Pyramid of Giza would not have the technical expertise and savvy to build a ship able to withstand the weather and rigors of a trans-Atlantic voyage is absurd. But this is exactly what modern Egyptologists would like for us to accept. Despite a vast amount of evidence to the contrary, Egyptologists claim that the ships built by the Egyptians and found fully intact buried in boat pits around the pyramids, were only designed to float the Nile River or sail in and around the Mediterranean Sea.

This theory, built on the suppression of knowledge and censorship of archaeological discoveries, has been put forth to prevent the public from recognizing that the Egyptian civilization is far older than contemporary historians would have us accept. That quite possible the Egyptian civilization was established by immigrants from the ancient Atlantean civilization well over 30,000 years ago, as described by the ancient historian Manetho. The main premise behind this censorship of knowledge is to prevent mankind from recognizing that there existed ancient civilizations that possessed more knowledge, wisdom and sophisticated technology than modern man and that the human race is far older and more capable than is generally known.

I will reveal in this article King Solomon's Mines, The Egyptian and Phoenician Colonization of North and South America just how far reaching and widespread this censorship of our ancient origins is and why our history has been systematically rewritten.

Recent archaeological discoveries in around the Great Pyramid complex, if recognized by the mainstream public, would require modern historians to rewrite the current paradigm that our modern human civilization only began roughly 7,500 years ago in ancient Sumer. For example, the ship discovered in 1954 in a deep burial pit carved out of the local bedrock around 2580 BC is 140 feet long by almost 20 feet wide. This ship, which has been on display since 1982 at the Giza Solar Boat Museum, was constructed using material not found in Egypt, which means either it was built elsewhere or that the material had to be imported from these other locations.

While Egyptologists would have us accept the idea that this ship was built as King Khufu's (Cheops) royal yacht for leisurely voyages down the Nile River, the ship shows signs of having made voyages outside the Mediterranean Sea and in fact was designed and built in such a way as to withstand ocean swells and waves. The cedar planks and frames were lashed (sewn) together using "needle grass" (Stipa tenacissima), which can only found outside the Mediterranean Sea, such as the Canary Islands, Spain, Morocco, the Azores and other Atlantic coastal regions. The frame of the ship was put together using an advanced design known as Mortise and Tenon Joint (like Linkin Logs). This construction design allowed the ship to breathe and move as it encountered the massive swells and waves of the open ocean and is still used today by the Aymara Indians that live in around Lake Titicaca of Bolivia, to build their reed boats.

Another sign that this vessel was designed and built for ocean voyages is the scrapings along its forward hull (underside), which according to "ship experts" could only have been caused by coral reefs. The nearest coral reef grows near the Canary Islands off the coast of Southern Morocco, in the Atlantic Ocean.

Of course what this information suggests is, that either these ships were built for the Egyptians by another more advanced ship building civilization or that they inherited this knowledge from their ancestors. According to Manetho, a third-century-BC historian that recorded early Egyptian traditions and stories, Egypt was established by the Shemsu Hor, or "Followers of Horus", whom landed in the Nile River mouth 30,000 years ago from a distant land far to the West, that was sinking beneath the ocean waves.

However why can't both be true, I submit to the reader that an alliance with the Phoenicians, a notoriously well-known explorer/trading civilization would have allowed the Egyptian civilization the opportunity to trade for cedar planks and needle grass, while also gaining valuable knowledge about new lands and trade routes from the Phoenicians. Such an alliance would explain how and where the Egyptians were able to import or gather such exotic goods not "native too" their own country, such as cocaine and tobacco (found in mummies) and even corn, which is native only to the North American continent.

However what is even more startling, if not widely unknown, is the discovery in 1991 of fourteen, 75 foot long by 9 foot wide ships in the desert near Abydos, which predated Khufu's "yacht" by almost 500 years. Many of the ancient Egyptian ships found, were able to carry large cargoes and even had stalls for horses and chariots.

If contrary to modern Egyptologists claims that the ancient Egyptian civilization did indeed engage in trans-Atlantic trade it could very well explain the discrepancies concerning the "Land of the God" Ta Netjer or the location of the "Land of Punt". Because voyages to Punt are described in Egyptian history as lasting 36 months or three years, then the locations scholars attribute to this Land of Punt such as northern Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and the Arabian Peninsula don't make sense. So much like the lands of Ophir and Tarshish, which have never been accurately located, so too is the Land of Punt called into question.

Egyptian Sailing Ship

The artists depiction of an Egyptian sailing ship, also included oars for times of no wind.

The artists depiction of an Egyptian sailing ship, also included oars for times of no wind.

The Land of Punt?

As is common whenever modern archaeologists are trying to interpret information and language from our ancestors, there will invariably be disagreements with the exact nature of the words and descriptions deciphered. Could Punt be defined as a "commercial voyage", rather than an actual location. Let's consider why their might be some ambiguity concerning actual distinct locations to distant lands. If a nation or civilization had the monopoly on a supply of cocaine, copper or tin or any other trade goods in demand, would this not give them a distinct advantage over other trade nations and/or their enemies . . . just like modern corporations closely guard their trade secrets, so too would any nation wish to keep the location of their monopoly a secret, as well.

If, however such an expedition to the Land of Punt, were to include not just those locations mentioned above but also trans-Atlantic voyages to North and South America and/or the Caribbean or journey's through the Arabian Sea to China and Japan, then a journey of three years would fit the bill nicely. Considering the trade goods, these voyages were bringing back, such as gold, silver, bronze, tin, precious jewels, exotic animals, silk, spices, slaves and plants that were not native to Africa and the Middle East, then it would lend credence to the idea that the Egyptians and Phoenicians had a source that was not readily known to their trade neighbors.

So the question becomes how would King Solomon, a Hebrew and enemy of Egypt come about the information of the trade secret of the Land of Punt?

When King Solomon rose to power in 1,000 BC, the Egyptian Empire was fading. The seventh and last King of the 21st Dynasty, Pharaoh Hor-Pasebakhaenniut II, whom ascended the throne in 967 BC and inherited an empire on the verge of economic and military collapse, simply traded Egypt's closely guarded trade secrets of the location of the Land of Punt to King Solomon for a share of the wealth. Part of this secret was a land called by the Egyptians, Khent-on-ofir, which means "Great Palace, or "far-off mythical city", or "royal residence".

Of course the Hebrew just shortened and changed the name into their language and called it Ophir, which leads us to the name Tarshish. According to Barry Fell in his book America B.C., we learn that the name for Phoenician Ocean going vessels were called the "Ships of Tarshish". There was also a city in Southeastern Spain, established in the 8th Century BC, by the Syrians called Tarshish, whom used a written and verbal language that was almost indistinguishable from the Phoenician language, which endured for hundreds of years until it was invaded by the Celts in 500 BC.

There is much archaeological and anecdotal evidence that ancient Egyptians, thousands of years before the reign of King Solomon were indeed trading, working and even living with many other ancient cultures throughout the Americas and in the Mediterranean Sea, especially the Phoenicians.

What is not widely known due to the antiquated philosophy of Egyptologists and the general censorship of archaeological discoveries from ancient Egypt is that ancient Phoenician sculptures and writing have been found in Egyptian ruins dated to the first and second millennium BC. The ancient Phoenician city of Byblos (which means papyrus in the Greek language), was shown to have traded with the Egyptian culture for thousands of years.

The Phoenician and Egyptian cultures were so closely intertwined dating back thousands of years and they even shared many similar Gods and Goddesses, such as Hathor, the mother of Ra and wife of Horus. The cult of Hathor predates the historic period, and the roots of devotion to her are therefore difficult to trace. Though it may be a development of pre-dynastic cults that venerated fertility, and nature in general, represented by cows. Hathor was known as the "Mistress of the West" and the Goddess of foreign lands, miners and fertility. She is depicted as a cow goddess with horns and twin feathers on either side of her head.

The Phoenician Goddess Ashtarte, whom was known by the Greeks as Ishtar, the Romans as Aphrodite and the Sumerians as Inanna was often depicted as having two curls of feathers or headdress on either side of her head, (much like the curls of hair worn by Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies). She was known as the "Lady of the Sea" by the Phoenicians and often attached as a figure to the prow of their ships. She was also minted on their coins and worshipped in such Phoenician cities as Sidon, Tyre and Byblos.

Once King Solomon gained the secret trade location to Punt or Ophir as his people called it, he then had a bargaining chip to make an alliance with King Hyram of Tyre and use his Ships of Tarshish, for the transportation of vast amounts of trade goods from the New World Colonies already set up by the Egyptians. This was the source of King Solomon's great wealth or as it is known King Solomon's Mines and I'm sure a closely guarded secret. And what better way to keep such a secret than to use disinformation to the location of Ophir or Punt by spreading rumors that it was located anywhere but North America?

Of course this leads us to the question of how the ancient Egyptians, whom were not known for being great explorers, knew of the "Land of God" or Punt in the first place?

If we are to recognize the information gathered by the great Egyptian historian Manetho, and accept his origin story of the Egyptians as accurate, then the obvious conclusion is that Egypt was founded by semi-divine sages called the Shemsu Hor (Followers of Horus) from the fabled city/state of Atlantis. A great many sources tell us, the least of which is Timothy Wyllie description in his series of books called the Rebel Angels, that the civilization of Atlantis had a great navy that had explored all of the known world in search of resources, riches and slaves.

Shemsu Hor

Without going into great detail about Atlantis, suffice to say that the Atlanteans had a Patriarchal Hierarchy system of government in which the higher to middle classes (there was no lower class, only slaves) felt they were privileged and that menial task were only fit for slaves. They used their great navy to pirate the riches and people of the other nations of Earth to serve them. They would use their advanced sciences and knowledge of geography to locate vast sources of wealth, then establish mining or agricultural colonies using their captured slaves or indigenous natives to extract the riches of the Earth and their navy to return that wealth to their island continent of Atlantis.

When this island continent began to sink beneath the waves in a series of cataclysms, they spread out across the globe to inhabit regions they had already explored or had established colonies in. One such location was Egypt but others were North and South America and the Caribbean. Bringing with them their advanced knowledge they were able to set up fully intact civilizations and incorporate the native people into their societies to work for them. For instance the ancient Sumerian word for Worship actual means to "work for" and we all know that orthodox history regards Sumer as the Cradle of Civilization. Sumer was the first civilization in "recorded history", appearing out of nowhere as a fully intact civilization with its own language, laws, science, astronomy, religion, music, agriculture, animal husbandry and the list goes on and on . . .

According to The Emerald Tablets written by Thoth the Atlantean (translated by Doreal), he established Egypt by subduing the local natives using advanced technology, after arriving in the Nile Valley via aircraft. Once there, he established a priest caste system to ensure that Atlantean knowledge was not lost and set up pyramidal hierarchy rule of government, again employing the use of slaves for menial labor. He relayed his new base of operations to what was left of the Atlantean Navy and they arrived in ships later to begin a new civilization, which is known as the Zep Tepi (First Time). According to Manetho, who was an initiated Egyptian priest and scribe who lived 300 years after Plato, Zep Tepi began over 40,000 years ago around 39,000 BC.

The Shemsu Hor, which is defined as the "Followers of Horus", were known to live extremely long lives compared to the native humans they ruled, as well as being practically immortal, they were also giants. There are numerous statues, hieroglyphs and carvings that show just how large these semi-divine rulers really were. Of course orthodox historians ignore, ridicule and dispute this information as nonsense but even the Bible describes a race of giants having walked the Earth in ancient times.

There is more than enough evidence world wide to show that an ancient giant race of humanity existed, for more information on that subject see my article American History Censored: Mound Builders, Giants of Antiquity and Hollow Earth. The same disaster that destroyed Atlantis may have caused many other regions of the planet and civilizations to rebuild but the areas of the Earth where the surviving Atlanteans moved too, would at the very least benefit from their sophisticated knowledge and technology.

Shemsu Hor

Zep Tepi is translated as the First Time and considered the beginning of the Egyptian Civilization, were the Shemsu Hor the giants of myth and legend?

Zep Tepi is translated as the First Time and considered the beginning of the Egyptian Civilization, were the Shemsu Hor the giants of myth and legend?