The story of a mysterious southern Illinois treasure cave and its proof of the presence of Africans in North America long before Columbus. • Includes over 100 photographs of the artifacts discovered. • Re-creates the historic voyage of #KingJuba and his #Mauretanian sailors across the Atlantic to rebuild their society in the New World. • Explains the mystery of the #Washitaws, a #tribalgroup of #African origin, first encountered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1982 Russell E. Burrows, a treasure hunter in southern Illinois, stumbled on 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, #earlyChristians, and West African sailors. These relics fueled a bitter controversy in the archaeological community regarding their authenticity, leading Burrows to destroy the entrance to the cave. Researching more than 7,000 artifacts removed from the cave before it was sealed, Frank Joseph explains how these objects came to be buried in the middle of the United States. It started with #Cleopatra, whose daughter was made queen of the semi-independent realm of #Mauretania, present-day Morocco, which she ruled with her husband, King Juba II. Following the execution of their son, Ptolemy, by Emperor Caligula, the #Mauretanians 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 #Romanemperors: #Cleopatra‘s golden treasure and King Juba’s encyclopedic library of ancient wisdom.