He who controls the present controls the past.  Europeans and their descendants have held positions of power in the United States since its “discovery” and settlement in the late 15th century.  This has enabled historians to portray the history of the Americas in a very Eurocentric manner.
    Students are taught in elementary school: “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”  He is portrayed as an American hero, even one worthy of a national holiday.  But what do we really know about Columbus?  How much of what we learn in school about his “brave journey” is true?  Why do we not talk about unpleasant issues associated with his voyages?   
    This brings us to the next part of our quest.  Why don’t we ask questions about what happened before Columbus?  There are many documented theories about Pre-Columbian explorations of the Americas, but very rarely are they discussed in a classroom context.
    One such instance is the possible voyage into Central America and present-day Mexico by Afro-Phoenicians more than 2000 years before the fabled “Age of Exploration.”  Would our notions of America change if we found out that people from Africa crossed the Atlantic before Leif Erikson or Christopher Columbus?  These are all questions that we would like to address on following pages. 

    Source: www.loc.gov/