This article was translated by John R. Bopp

Troy Media is a Canadian publication we’ve come across more than once.  Back in 2013, they published an article about Red Bay, their claim to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Basque presence in that part of the world, and the research work done on them by Selma Barkham.  As we said then, that’s been one of the best we’ve read about this fundamental era in Basque history, and today, like then, we fervently recommend reading it.

This time, the Canadians have again surprised, with an article by Mike Robinson.  Making the most of his stay in our country, he visited the Untzi Museoa and it’s clear that he discovered something that has touched him deeply.

His article talks about the material and ideological contribution to the birth of the United States of America.  We’ve spoken on many occasions about the Basque connections to US Founding Father and second President John Adams, including his visit to our country, which he dedicated an entire chapter to in his book Defence of the Constitutions, and what made Basque Diego de Gardoqui become a key player in the independence of the US.

And, much like we’ve talked about Adams, on more than one occasion, we’ve shared the opening paragraphs of the US Declaration of Independence, which, whenever we read it, we get the impression that it fits the Basques like a hand to a glove.  You understand.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.


When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate, that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.


And just as we recommended the article on whalers back in 2013, we encourage you to now read Mike Robinson‘s article, just as we fervently recommend everyone visit the Untzi Museum.

Troy Media – 7/10/2018 – Canadá

Discovering the Basque roots of the American dream

he Untzi Museoa is a modest naval museum in San Sebastian, an important Basque community on the eastern verge of Spain’s northern coast. San Sabastian’s relationship with the sea goes back to the early 1200s, when its prominent Mount Urgull was first fortified to ward off French attacks on its diverse community of traders, merchant companies and manufacturers.

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