The New Student's Reference Work/Madoc
Madoc (măd'ŏk}, a Welsh prince, who is believed by his countrymen to have discovered America 300 years before Columbus. It is said that he sailed westward in 1170 with a small fleet, and, after a voyage of several weeks, reached a country whose inhabitants and productions were very different from those of Europe. After remaining for some time in this new country, he returned to Wales and equipped another fleet, with which he set sail and was never heard of again. The story will be found in Lloyd and Powell's Historie of Cambria. Southey has made the legend the subject of one of his poems.