Confidence is contagious:
Next stop Atlantis, Cuba
by Judi McLeod, Canadafreepress.com
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Long-ago Greek philosopher Plato may have unwittingly unleashed a
modern day political Battle Royale on an unsuspecting world with his
haunting tales of the lost city, Atlantis.
Untold legions took to heart the philosopher’s lament that
`earthquakes and floods ‘in `one terrible day and night’ destroyed his
Atlantic island empire.
Drama in writing style was not lost on this student of Socrates,
who recorded his thoughts post-8570 BC in the TIMAEUS and circa 9421 BC
in the CRITIAS.
Now a `lost city’, that could be the fabled city of Atlantis, has
been discovered by a Canadian scientific research team, off the western
coast of Cuba.
Why is it that latter day, long-lost sunken treasures always seem to come with a Canadian connection?
At about the same time as Soviet-born ocean engineer Paulina
Zelitsky, the president of the Canadian-based company Advanced Digital
Communications (ADC), had detected what could be Atlantis in deep
waters off Cuba, an unnamed "respected Canadian architect" discovered a
sunken boat with which he claimed the Chinese really discovered Canada
and the western hemisphere. The boat-finding architect is headed for
the United Nations to have the site officially declared as a World
Davey Jones’ Locker is giving up many recent discoveries around the world.
On May 28 2002, National Geographic News reported on the
recent discovery of megalithic ruins some 2,200 ft. below sea level off
the coast of Cuba. Interviewed for the story was geologist, Manuel
Iturralde, Director of Research at Cuba’s Natural History Museum and
consulting geologist for Canadian exploration company ADC, based in
According to a 2001 Special Report by Gateway to Atlantis author
Andrew Collins, "The discoveries were made last summer during deep-sea
surveys made by Paulina and a trained scientific research team aboard
the Cuban research vessel, Ulysses.
"Sonar images revealed `an extensive series of structures’ over a
several-mile area in darker and lighter shades. The site is close to
the edge of the underwater geological feature known as the Cuban shelf,
which falls off sharply in a series of shelves which drop down to
several thousand metres, and it is on one of these shelves, in around
600-700 metres of water, that the structures are to be found."
"`Whenever you find a volcano, there is often a settlement
associated with it,’ Paul Weinzweig, Paulina’s husband and a director
of ADC, observed. `I don’t know the exact relationship, but it is in
the same vicinity as the volcano, the fault line and the river. They’re
quite close to one another.’
"On the matter of whether the sonar imagery really does show
`pyramids, roads and buildings`, Paul stated: `We had been looking at
the images for some months, and keep a picture on the wall showing
pyramids in the Yucatan, and let’s just say they kept reminding us of
these structures. They really do look like an urban development.’"
Finding sunken cities, much less the fabled Atlantis, was not the
main mission of ADC in Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Their original scientific
operation was to survey the deep waters off the Cuban coastline as part
of a joint venture set up between the Canadian company and the Cuban
government, in particular its state partner Geomar.
One of their chief aims is to pinpoint the location of the billions
of dollars of bullion and lost treasure from sunken ships dating back
to the Conquest.
"Cuba has the richest galleon cemetery in the world," says Weinzweig.
Cuba treasure seekers include Visa Gold, a Toronto-based, low-tech
company operating out of Havana’s Marina Hemingway, which claims to
have retrieved some 7,000 items from sunken vessels. In the cache from
a brigantine called Palemon, lost off Cuba’s northern coast in 1839,
the booty included jewellery, diamonds and pistols.
ADC’s husband and wife team are not the first to have laid claim to the discovery of sunken cities off the coast of Cuba.
There are unconfirmed reports that Soviet submarines discovered an underwater "building complex" during the 1960s.
Leicester Hemingway, brother of writer Ernest Hemingway claimed to
have spotted, during a flight into the country, beyond its northern
coast, "an expanse of stone ruins, several acres in area and apparently
white, as if they were marble."
The exact location of this underwater marble city remains unclear.
The Soviet submarine underwater "building complex" remains unconfirmed
and there are no actual pictures of undersea objects in the ADC find.
But the ADC claim, if ever proven, like the Canadian architect’s
claim of having found the Chinese boat that proves that the Chinese
reached North America first, would change the course of world history.
"If Paulina Zelitsky and her oceanographic colleagues are right in
their belief that `pyramids, roads and buildings’, do lie off Cuba’s
western coastline, then it is clear that the prehistory of the
Caribbean, and its influence on the rise of Mesoamerican civilization,
will have to be revised dramatically," says Collins. "Moreover, it
could well be that at long last the mystery of Atlantis, mankind’s
greatest historical enigma, is about to unfold in a most spectacular
Perhaps it would do us well to remember that while Cuba may be eons
away from the democratic world in the political realm, in geographic
terms, it’s only 90 miles off the coast of Florida.
Canada Free Press founding editor Judi McLeod is an
award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the media. A
former Toronto Sun and Kingston Whig Standard columnist, she has also
appeared on Newsmax.com, the Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and World Net
Daily. Judi can be reached at: email@example.com.