But," reports presenter and singer Rhys Meirion, "Welsh Prince Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
purportedly set out from Rhos-on-Sea in 1170 and discovered America some 300 years before Columbus.
10 Forget the discovery of America being down to Christopher Columbus, a Welsh prince called Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
sailed from Wales in search of new land and reached America - at least, according to legend.
While some say Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
(Prince Madog) was the first Welsh settler in the 12th century, the first official Welsh settler in North America was Howell Powell, who left Brecon for Virginia in 1642.
Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
, a 12th century prince from Gwynedd, sailed westward and landed at Mobile Bay, Alabama in 1169.
Legend has it that it was from Aber-Kerric-Gwynan - now just a creek crossing the golf course - that Prince Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
set sail for America in 1170, a good 322 years before Columbus.
The custom of bundling was evidently known to the 19th-century American ethnologist and painter George Catlin: while studying the Mandans - the tribe of 'Welsh Indians' allegedly descended from Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
and company - Catlin identified several supposedly Welsh practices among the tribe, including an inclination to 'prattle' during sexual intercourse.
It is said in 1170 Prince Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
and his brother Riryd sailed from Aber-Kerrik-Gwynan on the North Wales coast - now Rhos on Sea - to Mobile Bay, Alabama The Welsh name of Llandrillo yn Rhos came from St Trillo monks, who built an enclosure known as a Llan - Rhos means Marsh, so the name means Llan of St Trillo by the Marsh At low tide you can see the remains of the medieval Rhos Fynach fishing weir
The legend had grown that a Welsh prince, Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
, had discovered the continent 300 years before Christopher Columbus.
FEW legends can have been as durable as that of Prince Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
and the Welsh Indians.
Others on our short-list: Capt Henry Morgan (1635-88): famed buccaneer and Governor of Jamaica; Richard Burton (1925-84): hard-drinkingfilm-star, from Pontrhydyfen; Prince Madog ab Owain Gwynedd