In the seventeenth century, it was common to imagine that the Native Americans were the descendants of one of the Lost Tribes of Israel. In the highly influential 1650 pamphlet Jewes in America, the Rev. Thomas Thorowgood explained some of the reasons why. His reasoning is a very early example of the "principle of looks like" used by Atlantis theorists and ancient astronaut theorists down to this very day. Here's a sample:
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