The concept of an all-powerful secret society is common to our culture. The phrase ‘Illuminati’ has come to be regarded as a trope for a manipulative society that rules the world from behind the scenes. But is there any truth in the idea? The founders of America certainly were initiates of secret orders who were very interested in the esoteric, and many of them even worked principles of sacred geometry into street plans and building designs.
From its beginning, America was regarded as the ‘new Atlantis’ by the leading Freemasons and Rosicrucians of the time. The concept of a fictional ancient civilisation called Atlantis goes back to Plato’s Timaeus and Critias, where he wrote of a naval superpower that was eventually submerged beneath the Atlantic Ocean. The 17th century scientist and statesman, Francis Bacon, referenced the myth of Atlantis when he wrote New Atlantis, a depiction of a utopian society he foresaw being founded in the near future.
Francis Bacon was one of the leading Freemasons and Rosicrucians of his time, and is considered by some the ‘real and true founder of America’. The Masonic historian, Manly Palmer Hall, also saw America as the new Atlantis . He wrote that Atlantis was an empire that had existed in ancient times, and had inspired the founders of America in creating a new world.