Antarctic Land Bridge

By: Kevin Alder Rux

During historical periods of extreme glaciation, it occasionally becomes possible to travel from the tip of Africa, across Madagascar Australis and onto the Antarctic continent, from which one can, still on foot, travel westward and walk across the icepack to Patagonia. The route was difficult, but plentiful fish and ice-birds provided sufficient food and fuel oil to make the journey survivable. Travel across this bridge in a prehistoric ice age accounts for the presence of one of the oldest human civilizations on earth in those mountains, as well as the spread of Bantu-descended peoples through that continent.

The next time the land bridge was available was in the late 6th century, for a period of about twenty years. Trade between Africa and the New World may have been the only thing that prevented the first outbreak of the Byzantium plague from destroying the world's economy, but the contact also introduced religious ideas that would eventually fracture the Patagonian League into nearly a millennium of civil war.

The Antarctic Land Bridge opened briefly a third time, during the Fimbulwinter of 1949, when it was used by war-weary refugees fleeing in both directions. Surprisingly, both groups found economic success and relative peace in their new homes.

See: Fimbulwinter of 1949, Patagonian League


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