The Hobbits of Middle Earth will have nothing on you.
Usually the creation of a new world in literature has a basis in fact. I don’t mean that there is a Middle Earth. I mean that the idea for a fictional place called Middle Earth started with an idea inspired by a real culture somewhere. New Zealand claims to be the inspiration behind the Hobbit story.
Science is presently upending the long-held view about who originally populated the Americas. The old premise is that Asians crossed a land bridge from Russia to Alaska to Canada and turned south, setting up civilizations along the way southward into the South American Andes. The migration took place about 13,000 years ago, science says.
Now, archeology is uncovering, on the east coast of the United States, sophisticated stone tools to match those used in the region around modern-day France and Spain 17,000 years ago. The tools are turning up in places like Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The new first peoples are believed to have been Solutreans. Europeans, not Asians, first settled America, according to the new findings.
That name, Solutreans, has a real ring to it, doesn’t it? These were stone tool-making, western European seafarers who lived on the edge of the biologically rich ice shelf, much as the Eskimos and other peoples of the arctic regions do today. It is believed that during a glacial period, the mariners put to sea in sealskin boats and hunted their way along the ice from Europe to North America.
Read more about the new findings here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2012/03/17/did-solutreans-settle-america-first/9xYYgZLa4iTkGzG4rcM3nM/story.html
Perhaps you’ll be inspired to create a new trilogy about your own brave, new world after reading this. If you do, please give mention to this humble wanna-be for tickling your fancy in the forward of your book!