La Merica: The first true history of the colonization of the Americas. Paperback – May 20 2013
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About the Author
Arthur Faram through his previous careers as a computer analyst, and the CEO and founder of the first comprehensive background check company in the United States, is imminently qualified as a Historical Analyst. His analytical training has equipped him to uncover cultural secrets that have been hidden, and handed down through secret societies for millennia. Arthur earned a bachelors degree in business and has attended numerous technical schools involving analysis and investigation.
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However, while the idea of the book, geoglyphs marking various signposts and markers supposedly established by various explorers like the Celts, Vikings and the like, is an interesting one, I really think the supporting documentation leaves something to be desired as well as some of the author's conclusions. For one thing he constantly refers to the Knights Templar as being one of the groups of explorers to the New World as well as claimants to much of the continent. Yet this all happens AFTER the dissolution of the order in 1314. He should have been calling them the Knights of Christ, which is how the Templar Knights continued afterward in Portugal after the Pope's order to dissolve the Order. The author then begins by telling the reader that using and recording references as most standard works of history do is not important -- you can look it up in Wikipedia, he tells you.
But some of the information he imparts to the reader is, well, just plain wrong. For example on p. 196 he refers to the Treaty of Hidalgo being signed in 1828 "following the war with Mexico" (his words). For pity sakes, the war with Mexico took place 1846-1848! Which by the way he gets correct on p. 211 when he states that said treaty occurred in 1848.
On page 352 (again on page 360) he begins his discussion about Scottish Prince Henry Sinclair with this: "The controversy over what happened to Sir Henry Sinclair I, who was credited with leading the liberation of Scotland from England, has endured since the time of his announcement to depart for the New World in 1398." Credited with leading the liberation of Scotland from England? Really, Mr. Faram? I do believe the battle of Bannockburn was fought in the early 14th Century and it was Robert the Bruce, NOT Henry Sinclair who was not even born at that the time, who led the Scots to victory and independence from the English.
On page 363 there is a photo with the caption "the Faram Tower - Maitland, Canada -- Built c. 1410 by the Faram family." And what proof do you present for this date, Mr. Faram? Is this just part of that oral history that you claim you draw on from your family's oral traditions? I think that the 1410 date might be verified by some source -- carbon dating, archeological dig -- than just your say so.
Another example of some rather sloppy editing or use of facts is found on page 163 and at least once more page 311 he states the US Revolutionary War ended in 1778 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris! Holy moly, Mr. Faram, the war was being fought at that time. He finally gets it right on page 397 when he states that the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783 ending the Revolutionary War.
The other reviewers of La Merica have given it rave reviews, but I for the life of me cannot understand on what they have based their glowing reviews. Mr. Faram may well have a very interesting theory with his geoglyphs and interlocking lines between them, but with some of the sloppiness he demonstrates with known facts (dates, etc) as I have pointed out in this review, I cannot give him more than two stars. I enjoyed his thesis, but I am not impressed with how he handles known historical facts and dates. For those reviews who think this work is some kind of brilliant insight into unknown history and what happened way back when, you better read the work more carefully.
of curiosity than with the expectation to truly learn the history of
the Americas. However, after reading the book I have a whole new
respect for the ability of the author to perform the necessary
research, and present the technical aspects of the book in an
Much of the information is predicated on the author's
discovery of an ancient science which outlines the ancient
territories and migrations of cultures going back thousands of years.
The presentation of this information, through photographic evidence,
greatly simplifies the process of understanding the points the
The non-technical portion of the book is accumulated through bits and
pieces of existing historical documentation brought
together for the first time. They chronicle a story of the pre-Columbian
colonization of the Americas, a story that has been concealed for centuries.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the
true story of Columbus and the colonization of North and South America
by the Europeans.
This book proves so much through visual, and the use of the Author's ancient science discovery. The Author proves his writings over, and over. You can't argue with proof!
The non-technical portion of the book is filled with bits, and pieces of existing historical documentation that the author brings together for the first time to chronicle a story, of the Pre-Columbian colonization of the America's
I would highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the story of Columbus and the colonization of North and South America by the Europeans.
I have read his other book "Ancient Signposts", and watched/listened to his numerous interviews. Don't miss out on this wonderful, and truly "EYE OPENING" book.
and reads it every night and can't put it down. So I gave it a 5 star since he is really enjoying reading it.