BENEFITING: Phoenician International Research Center Inc
I want to share with you an outstanding project taking place in 2017 that could change the way we look at history. When asked the famous question “Who were the frist sailors who crossed the Atlantic to the Americas?”, the common response is that it was Christopher Columbus. However, recent historical findings have shown that the Vikings reached the Americas about 500 years before Columbus. One man has yet a more ambitious mission, which is to shed the light on another, largely underrated civilization of fierce navigators, the Phoenicians.
This man, former British navy, Philip Beale is a zealous admirer of these greatest seafarers of Antiquity. In 2007 he built an exact replica of a Phoenician ship “Phoenicia” and circumnavigated the African continent, a voyage that took him two years which was inspired by the Phoenician exploits as described by Herodotus. The first navigators with their mighty cedar wood Phoenician ships developed exceptional sailing techniques, discovered the polar star which enabled them to sail by night. Philip Beale will navigate Phoenicia from the Mediterranean to the Americas in September 2017 to illustrate that the Phoenicians had capabilities and skills to cross the Atlantic two thousand years before Columbus. It is a quest that demands to be attempted to answer one of history’s most important questions: who were the first sailors to discover the New World?
Expedition leader Philip Beale and his crew of adventurous men and women from all backgrounds will begin their journey in Gibraltar passing through the Canary Islands and across the Atlantic letting the wind and currents decide the final destination. Funds are still needed to make this project a reality and we count on your generosity for its success. This is a unique opportunity to be part of an incredible adventure that could change history forever. All donations will be processed by the Phoenician International Research Center, a US registered 501c3 tax-deductible charity. 100% of what we receive through CrowdRise will go towards supporting the Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition.
Thank you very much for your generosity and we invite you to follow up on our progress on our website and social media pages!