The Americas were definetly visited.
This is the Aztec Carta Stone.
Notice the item in the Quetzalcoatl figures hand.
The bag is quite clearly a spice bag.
It's from Santorini, or Thera, or Akrotiri.
A volcanic island in the mediteranean.
The most E X P E N S I V E spice in the world.
Saffron is available in most grocery stores in a tiny bottle
for about 40+ dollars, and it is mildly narcotic, and red to golden.
Possibly it's the lotus from the Greek story of the island of the lotus eaters.
Here is a pre Minoan girl harvesting crocuses, or saffron stemma.
Even though we can't see it, she is holding the same bag.
The bag is clearer in the following picture.
This stuff is more expensive
and labor intensive than anything.
It has to be harvested by picking the stemma
from the flowers one by one.
At the ruins in Thera
the wall paintings are
spectacular, but did you
know they are painted in saffron?
fun little web page about it
Notice the serpent behind the guys head is
similar to a boat prow, and he seems to
be sitting in a stern house.
Wall painting of boats from Santorini.