Atlantis in Spain!

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An artist's conception shows the city of Atlantis as it has been envisioned in legend.

ABOUT every other year, someone comes up with a new book concerning what has long been deemed the mythological place  referred to as ‘Atlantis’ – discovered. Usually you need not bother reading the new findings, if you know Plato’s story well each new site is always lacking one of the major criteria to fulfil his writings.

Primarily because of  strategic position “just outside the pillars of Hercules” (straights of Gibraltar).

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If anything, modern day scholars have been quite content to suggest that Plato was in error and that the uniquely advanced culture didn’t disappear as long ago as reported, some 9,000 years ago before Plato’s time 350 BC but could have been a few millenniums’ later.

When a friend came to visit me bringing just such a book, and being in a hospital bed with little else to do, I read it. Well researched, thought out—you couldn’t argue much, if the island just disappeared. Yet, navigational charts leave nothing to the imagination – there is no possible places unless it would be an island already past the pillars yet not too far away, ie Madeira, the Canaries even Cuba.

Exciting and believable books have been concocted, well thought out, yet—missing one major component. And that goes back to the inventor of the tale, Plato often referred to how the Atlanteans fought with the Greeks and other major forces of the era. That meant simply Atlantis had to be much nearer than a cross Atlantic journey to supply and conquer. For me, the riddle remained open.


Frozen in time, niggling and gnawing at the furthest back recesses of my consciousness.

The wife started her spring cleaning in late January and she carted off some sixty books that I keep under the bed for reading depending on my mood. Cleaned out with nothing but the Bible, so back I went to the good book and got bit, right there while reading Genesis.

It is also interesting that according to the Bible in Genesis 10 the people of Tarshish were the descendants of Javan which is Greece and Tarshish was well known in the Bible and elsewhere as a sea going people associated with the city of Tartesus in southern Spain.


The Tarshish of the Bible was also very rich through trading throughout the Mediterranean including Phoenicia (Tyre) in current day Lebanon and with Israel under King Solomon in items such as precious metals and exotic animals that are both mentioned in association with Tarshish in the Old Testament as well as about Atlantis in Plato’s writings.

Here then appears for the first time that magical word Tarshish (King James version) rather than the Greek, Tartesus. The magical place that the Phonecian traders travelled to, where King Solomon sent his ships. Sprinkles of Tarshish run thru the Bible always in rich glorious terms.

It doesn’t take much more conjecture to surmise, what if Plato got the date wrong and such a place existed just down the Mediterranean metaphorical sailing road just through the straights and supposedly near present day Cadiz. Atlantis in Spain. Right under my nose. Insulting too.

So, my studies began in earnest in February, missing one all important book written about mining in this area. A lovely English lady, has written a book called Atlantis in Spain which I had in my library which of course led me to other books and notations to research.

Picture Credit: National Geographic


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