In 1307 the treasure of the Templars was sent to Scotland. The powerful Sinclair, hereditary guardians of Freemasonry brought the treasure to the New World. Henry Sinclair in 1398 started a colony in what is now Newport Rhode Island. A octagonal structure mirroring those built by Templars from Ireland to the Baltic still stands today. Christopher Columbus married in a branch of the Sinclair family and was given the maps of his new father-in-law, a Templar.
The Newport Tower was first recorded by the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano who called it a Norman Villa and wrote of his experience with the descendents of the colony including a leader Magnus. While some have called in a windmill, the Tower has demonstrated an orientation to the movements of the sun and the moon, a feature demonstrated on the Templar island of Bornholm and other similar structures in the Old World.