Eric Stevens <eric.stevens@xxxxxxxxx> says in
> On Mon, 04 Jul 2005 21:35:47 GMT, Philip Deitiker
> <Donevenask@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>There may have been trade via the phonecian loyalist in portugal
>>with Southern Briton as I have mentioned, there may have even
>>been small phonecian settlements. The romans had no need to sail
>>all the way around since after the third punic war, they had
>>control of france, which is very close to dover. There are
>>advantages to shipping by sea, those advantages fade if you have
>>to travel all the way out of gibralter, up against the gulf
>>stream and into the english channel then around the eastern part
> Even in the time of the Phoenecians, the major trade route for
> tin seems to have been across Spain rather than round the coast.
> In any case, the easierst way to get to Cornwall from the
> Mediterranean is to make use of the Azores high. Sail to the
> west of the Azores going north and sail back down the Spanish
> coast on the return journey. There is some evidence the
> Phoenecians did that but, on a tonnage basis, it does not seem
> to have been the preferred route.
Oh geeze louise here we go again.
Eric believes that because some very old coins were found on the
Azores that the phonecians made regular use of them. This is one of
his favorite pet theories and he gets very upset when someone tries
to debunk it.