Chinese in Cape Breton?

This kind of speculation is why it took so long for people to give much credence to the medieval Norse stories of Vinland, because they’re busy wildly theorizing a Chinese discovery of and settlement in Canada as in The Island of Seven Cities.

There are a few voices of skepticism in the discussion (this from the CBC):

David Christianson, an archaelogist with the Nova Scotia Museum, says while many things are possible, he doesn’t buy Chaisson’s [sic] theory. Christianson believes the ruins are more likelyan old logging road or a forgotten European settlement. “I think some of it is naturally occurring and … there are many more plausible explanations,” said Christianson.

And there’s a lively discussion over at Northern Blue Publishing.

3 Responses to “Chinese in Cape Breton?”

  1. Amber Says:

    Hey,
    I enjoyed your comment on DotMoms! But no accessible anaesthesiologists in your hometown? That would be grounds for a temporary relocation. :-)
    Fascinating site; I’ll definitely be back for some great reads!

  2. Stewart Says:

    Hi, I Have a first cousin who climbed the same mountain as Paul did.He climbed the mountain from the Englishtown side,and located the smaller settlement,he could not beleive what he saw besides the fountations there was a large wall surrounding the settlement.I have recent aerial photographs of the site you can make out a wall from these aerial photographs.What people do not know is that the local micmaq consider this site as being important to there nation, so that is why the Nova Scotia Goverment will not explore the site .I do beleive that Paul should request promission from the Micmaq First nations people,and also request thier imput, and assistance.The site in qestion has an ancient burial ground on it.

  3. Thomas MacDonald Says:

    I think Mr Chaisson is more interested in selling books than actually telling historical truths. The “Chinese” road on the mountain was built as a fire road in the 1950’s. Mr Chaisson never spoke to a single individual in the local community who all are under the impression he was perhaps eating some of the wild mushrooms and toadstools he found along the way up the mountain. If he really was interested in the truth, why would he have not spoken to the locals instead of just getting some loose research off the internet? By the way, if Mr Chaisson is a Yale educated Architect then how did he end up designing sets for CBC tv’s Royal Canadian Air Farce? Hard times must have hit the world of Architechture….