In the Atlantic Ocean, there is a 500,000-square-mile area known as the Bermuda Triangle that is located between Bermuda, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Numerous aircraft and ships have vanished for unknown reasons while traveling through the Bermuda Triangle. Many conspiracy theories have been born out of this, including the idea of submerged pyramids and hexagonal clouds and the existence of alien bases.
The Bermuda Triangle became a mystery that many writers wrote about, and people were eagerly looking for an answer. What is so special about that place? Why did planes, ships, vessels, and many more disappear while passing over this area? What is located under that ocean or over that sky that makes these weird, unexplained events occur?
Or do all these questions have no actual existence and the Legend of Bermuda Triangle is entirely fabricated and exaggerated? Let’s find out…
How the Mystery Started?
Back in 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed from the Canary Islands to the Bermuda Triangle in a journey that lasted more than 3,000 miles. Instead of drawing any conclusions based on these data, Columbus just recorded them in his logbook. But the sailors who followed him and subsequently the authors misrepresented the truth.
In August of 1492, Columbus set out on his first journey with three tiny ships and 90 sailors. He was tasked with crossing the Atlantic, searching for new lands to populate. Back then, he had no guide to refer to, no clue how long it would take, and no idea what to anticipate in terms of weather conditions or where to seek assistance. He had just a compass and the north star to rely on for direction.
Sargasso Sea (a large ocean region within the Bermuda Triangle) was a sea of seaweed that stretched as far as the eye could see when they arrived. Because ocean currents surround the Sargasso Sea on all sides, it progressively rotates in a clockwise direction. Sailing is difficult in this location because of the lack of wind.
In the end, Columbus’s three ships were able to sail on, but only after the crews onboard insisted that they turn around and return home. On September 13th, Columbus noticed that the compass was not pointing towards the North Star and was instead pointed 6 degrees north-west, and the difference was increasing as they traveled. The crew and sailors suspected that the natural rules in this location were unique and strange and that even more mysteries lay ahead.
The phrase “Bermuda Triangle” was first used in the men’s pulp magazine Argosy in 1964 by writer Vincent Gaddis. Despite the fact that Gaddis introduced the name, it wasn’t until a decade later that a far more well-known writer gave it widespread recognition.
Charles Berlitz, who was fascinated with supernaturals, not only did he believe in the existence of Atlantis but also advanced a theory linking it to the Bermuda Triangle in his best-selling 1974 book “The Bermuda Triangle.” Thousands of books, publications, television programs, and websites have been written about the subject since it first came to light decades ago.
Media and Authors Role
Over time, the stories had developed and spread through numerous authors and media. They were often loaded with inaccuracies and hypotheses that were intentionally manufactured in order to exaggerate the issue.
When Edward Jones, a reporter for the Miami Herald, wrote on the weird abnormalities on the sea in the 1950s, he referred to them as the “center of many mysterious disappearances.”
In his book The Wings of Mystery, published in 1962, Dale M. Titler introduced notions like electromagnetic phenomena. When it comes to the Bermuda Triangle, this book sparked the first wave of interest and speculation in the area.
In April 1962, Allan W. Eckert published an article titled The Mystery of the Lost Patrol in the American magazine Legion regarding the loss of Flight-19. He recited a number of intriguing exchanges between the radio tower and Flight-19’s commander.
“We cannot be sure of any direction… everything is odd… unusual… the ocean doesn’t seem as it should,” the Flight 19 captain was overheard stating on one occasion. When this shocking piece was first published, it quickly created a sensation.
And hundreds of books, articles, and documentaries have been sold and earned millions of dollars. It was a high-selling topic that many were willing to jump into to gain some popularity, and of course, some money.
The Manufactured Mystery
Only one book about the Bermuda Triangle has been reprinted since its first publication in 1975: Larry Kusche’s The Bermuda Triangle Mystery – Solved. And that’s for a good reason.
Kusche conducted an extensive scientific investigation into a number of Bermuda Triangle events. To gather information, he read historical newspapers and meteorological reports and spoke with several naval captains.
In his book, Kusche analyzes his data in great depth and concludes that none of the instances are out of the ordinary; the majority are the result of human mistakes, equipment failure, or severe weather, and many incidents were recorded incorrectly or never occurred at all. The Bermuda Triangle, according to Kusche, was nothing more than a “Manufactured Mystery.”
According to Kusche, just a few writers on the subject bothered to perform any meaningful inquiry. They primarily gathered and reproduced other previous writers who did the same.
When it comes to ships and planes supposedly lost in the Triangular Graveyard, there’s no evidence that they ever existed outside of the author’s imagination. However, many writers failed to mention (intentionally or unintentionally) that the ships and planes “mysteriously disappeared” during strong storms. There have been situations when ships have sunk even far from the Bermuda Triangle.
It is also crucial to keep in mind that the area within the Bermuda Triangle is regularly visited by cruise and freight ships. Therefore it stands to reason that more ships will sink there than in less-trafficked locations like the South Pacific.
There have been many books written about “unsolved mysteries” such as the Bermuda Triangle, despite being proven to be a myth for many years. Finally, there is no need to invoke time portals, underwater UFO bases, geomagnetic abnormalities or tidal waves or anything else. As a simple answer for the Bermuda Triangle mystery, the authors of dramatic, mystery-mongering publications are to blame.