Africans in America Before Columbus?

The Lost Treasure of King Juba In 1982 a treasure hunter in southern Illinois, stumbled upon a cache of ancient weapons, jewels, and gold sarcophagi in a remote cave. There also were stone tablets inscribed with illustrations of Roman-like soldiers, Jews, early Christians, and West African sailors. These relics fueled a bitter controversy in the archaeological community, because if proved authentic, they CONFIRM the presence of AFRICANS in North America 15 centuries BEFORE Columbus.

On Sunday night, June 22, 2003 at 7PM Eastern, on 21st Century Radio, Frank Joseph will discuss his new book, The Lost Treasure of King Juba, in which he re-creates the historic voyage of Mauritanian sailors fleeing the Romans with Cleopatra's treasure across the Atlantic, in search of a safe home in the new world. This theory explains the mystery of the Washitaws, a tribal group of African origin, first encountered by Lewis and Clark. Frank Joseph has researched more than 7,000 artifacts removed from the cave before it was sealed, and presents a compelling story that could force us to rethink the early history of our nation

It started with Cleopatra, whose daughter was made queen of the semi-independent realm of Mauritania, present-day Morocco, which she ruled with her husband, King Juba II. Following the execution of their son, Ptolemy, by Emperor Caligula, the Mauritanians rebelled against their Roman overlords and made their way into what is now Ghana. There they constructed a fleet of ships for a transatlantic voyage to a land where they hoped to rebuild their kingdom safe from Roman rule. They took with them a great prize unsuccessfully sought by two Roman emperors: Cleopatra's golden treasure and King Juba's encyclopedic library of ancient wisdom.

Fully illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs of artifacts retrieved from the southern Illinois site, The Lost Treasure of King Juba is a compelling story that could force us to rethink the early history of our nation and the possibility that Africans arrived on our continent nearly fifteen centuries before Columbus.

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