A fringe theory suggests that Basque sailors first arrived in North America prior to Columbus' voyages to the New World (some sources suggest the late 14th century as a tentative date) but kept the destination a secret in order to avoid competition over the fishing resources of the North American coasts. That's the day that I lose half my sight.

But was he first non-indigenous person to reach the Americas? Contrary to popular belief, African American history did not start with slavery in the New World.

Sail to the edge and I'd be there looking down.

If your life were taken from me. Although scholars continue to debate who first came to America, and how they got here, one thing is certain: A vibrant history exists of American culture and society well before Columbus. It would be as flat as the world before Columbus. Recently, there came to light in England an aged nautical chart of 1424, showing what an outstanding Portuguese cartographical expert, Armando Cortesão, asserts is a representation of the New World made almost seventy years before Columbus’ first voyage, and possibly proving therefore that someone, perhaps unknown Portuguese navigators, had reached America by that time. But the Americas that Columbus discovered were not, of course, a new world. All the trees would freeze in this cold ground. It would be as cruel as the world before Columbus. An overwhelming body of new evidence is emerging which proves that Africans had frequently sailed across the Atlantic to the Americas, thousands of years before Columbus and indeed before Christ. Every color would be black and white. In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in what is now the Bahamas, changing the world forever.

The World Before and After Columbus Section I: Unfolding Geographic Concepts of the New World It has been said that when Columbus set out on his epic voyage he didn’t know where he was going, that when he arrived he didn’t know where he was, and that after his return he didn’t know where he had been.