Can you imagine Africans arriving to Illinois before
Columbus discovered the New Continent? The lost treasure of King Juba seems to
be the missing chain of an untold history that is evidence of Africans in
America before any European stepped here.
Certainly, there are archeological vestiges
evidencing the arrival of Chinese and Viking explorers before Amerigo Vespucci
or Columbus himself, but the arrival of people from Africa during the Roman era
is something that nobody else apart from Frank Joseph, the editor in chief of
Ancient American magazine told us before.
Juba was born in the year 52 BC and was the king of
Numidia before he moved to Mauretania. Later he married Cleopatra Selene, the
daughter of the Ptolemaic Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and Roman triumvir Mark
Antony. According to Joseph, King Juba arrived in America along with other
exiled Celts, Africans, Romans, Christians, and Jews.
To support his theory, Frank Joseph wrote a book
with details on his research and unsupported information regarding the journey
that ended in Illinois. The existence of the treasure, however, is based on
archeological artifacts that Russell Burrows discovered in a cave in 1982.
Based on his own research, Joseph is convinced that
such artifacts are part of King Juba's treasure. Due to the nature of Frank
Joseph's job, most people believe that his book is more likely a fictitious
novel based on very outdated history texts.
There is also a book in which Russell Burrows
recreates his adventure and how he found those artifacts that were sold or
suddenly disappeared leaving no evidence behind. Certainly there are pictures of
Burrows buried in the mud rescuing the treasure, but none clear enough to show
what he found in that cave.
Lie or truth, treasure hunters try to reconstruct the paths that Frank Joseph
barely cited in his book and other bibliography reference that includes
testimonials published in the Ancient American magazine. If that treasure
exists, the most valuable piece will be its contribution to history, recording
Africans as the first explorers of the so-called New World.