Rumored for its dwellers with unusual abilities, the enigmatic island of Hy-Brasil has captivated the curiosity of adventurers and historians for centuries, and has even intrigued various UFO researchers in recent years.
THE STRANGE ISLAND OF HY-BRASIL
A strange island became known to European sailors that traveled the seas hundreds of years ago. Some went on a quest to discover the island, but it only appeared randomly, as if having a will of its own. In Irish folklore, Hy-Brasil was said to be cloaked by a thick coat of mist, except for a particular day every seven years when it became visible.
Hy-Brasil (also called Hy-Breasal, Hy-Brazil, Hy-Breasil, Brazir) is derived from the name Breasal meaning the High King of the world in Celtic history. It was noted on maps as early as 1325, by the Genoese cartographer Angelino Dulcert where it was identified as “Bracile.” It later appeared in the Catalan Atlas in 1375, which placed it as two separate islands with the same name, “Illa de brasil”.
The island is present on various maps from as early as 1325 and until the 1800s, and is found around 200 miles off the west coast of Ireland. Although many sailors had gone searching for the isle across the centuries, only a few of them were lucky enough with their mission. In what is known as the ‘British Roswell incident,’ an US military official received a telepathic communication consisting of sixteen pages of binary code after touching a UFO he found sitting in the forest near his base.
After translating the code translated, he discovered various coordinates sending to emblematic spots such as the Pyramid of Giza and the Nasca Lines. On top and bottom of the message were the coordinates of Hy-Brasil. An unfamiliar origin year of 8100 was also part of the decoded translation.
Expeditions in Search of Hy-Brasil
In 1480, John Jay Jr. departed from Bristol, England on a journey to find the fabled island only to come back empty handed after spending two months at sea. In 1481, two more ships, the Trinity and the George, departed from Bristol on an expedition to find Hy-Brasil with no success either.
Interestingly, in 1497, Spanish diplomat Pedro de Ayala reported to the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, that John Cabot (the first European to visit North America since the Vikings) had “ discovered in the past by the men from Bristol who found Brasil. ” This implied someone from one of the Bristol expeditions had actually managed to find it.
There are numerous maps revealing Hy-Brasil, but because no evidence of its existence has been brought to light in recent years, mainstream historians refer to the case as one of mistaken identity, or inaccurate location.
Nearly two centuries later Scottish sea captain, John Nisbet, claimed to have spotted Hy-Brasil on his voyage from France to Ireland in 1674. He is said to have sent a party of four ashore where the sailors spent the entire day on the island.
Large Black Rabbits and a Mysterious Magician
There, they claim to have met a wise old man who provided them with gold and silver. Strangely, the captain said the island was inhabited by large black rabbits and a mysterious magician who lived in a large stone castle by himself. A follow up expedition was led by captain Alexander Johnson who also claimed to have found Hy-Brasil, confirming Nisbet’s findings.
In the following years, Hy-Brasil would retreat into anonymity. As attempts to find it failed again, map-makers started leaving it off most nautical charts. When it was last observed on a map in 1865, it was simply noted as “Brazil rock.”
The last documented sighting of Hy-Brasil was made in 1872 by Robert O’Flaherty and T.J. Westropp. Westropp claimed to have visited the island on three previous occasions and was so captivated by it that he brought his family with him to see it in person. There, they all witnessed it appear out of nowhere only to see it vanish again before their very eyes.
There are many myths and legends surrounding Hy-Brasil. In some of them, the island is the home of the gods of Irish lore. In others, it is inhabited by priests or monks rumored to hold ancient knowledge which allowed them to create an advanced civilization. Some think that St. Brendan’s famous voyage to find the “Promised Land” may have been Hy-Brasil.
While Atlantis may be the most famous lost civilization, Hy-Brasil is better documented and has more eyewitness accounts behind it.
Could this be the case? Or maybe the notorious island actually existed. and had taken care of members of another species with advanced capabilities? WHAT WAS REALLY HIDING ON THE PHANTOM ISLAND OF HY-BRASIL?