They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in. Blood River by Tim Butcher How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima King Leopold’s Ghost by. THEY CAME BEFORE COLUMBUS: THE AFRICAN PRE-. SENCE IN ANCIENT AMERICA. By Ivan Van Sertima. New. York: Random House, Pp. xviii, .

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This book provides the underpinnings for my novel “The Nubian Codex” See under “writing” and “thrillers. WHY did the nubians fleet travel all the way to “Mexico”? Since then however I had read better researched and better written material which supports the now seemingly obvious notion that civilizations of all cultural and ethnic stripes and in many geographic locations made very similar technological advances around the same period and those that u Columbs feel like I befpre have rated this book higher if I had read it earlier in life when I was inundated with material that perpetuated social darwinistic myths about the inadequacies of non-european cultures.

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They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

Willis Carrier built the first air conditioner in bfeore, Frederick Jones, an African American built an air conditioner for food transport in trucks in Steal, corn, calendar, the concept of zero, wheat, etc.

Very interesting alternative interpretation of well known data about pre-columbian america.

And he does specifically mention that he does not seek to undermine the accomplishments of Native America. Ivan Van Sertima Passes”. Makes me wonder, when did racism become a good idea? Their article is available online here: The physical features of East African people are very different from those of West Africa, and nothing like the Olmec heads.


He gets caught up in the argument of authenticity, which doesn’t seem to achieve much To ask other readers questions about They Came Before Columbusplease sign up. Sep 01, Dr. Nov 18, Yves Johnson rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Additionally, people have been mixing and matching between geographic areas, cultures and ethnicities since the dawn of time. Don’t get me wrong, his history is accurate but the direction he goes just doesn’t have enough hard evidence for his ideas to become mainstream, it’s almost as if Sertima started a journey he knew he wouldn’t be able to finish with the evidence and research at his disposal.

Of these, the latter is somewhat probable, though Sertima really only proves that Mali sent fleets west and that was known before his book was published. Read it Forward Read it first. As well as this book “Thieves of Civilization: While his Olmec theory has “spread widely in African American community, both lay and scholarly”, it was mostly ignored in Mesoamericanist scholarship, or else dismissed as Afrocentric pseudohistory to the effect of “robbing native American cultures”.

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Even on his chapter dedicated to the “Mystery of American Tobacco in Africa,” he never once submits, that maybe, just maybe, South American Natives brought Tobacco to Africa. The African Presence in Ancient America, which was published by Random House in and is presently in its twenty-ninth printing.

Mesoamerican scholars have disproved Sertima, but their arguments have had little spread outside of academic circles. May 11, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: As a linguist, published essays on the dialect of the Sea Islands off the Georgia Coast.


The earliest pyramids are in Peru, in the Caral region that date to around BC. For Sertima’s argument to be valid, this lack of resistance on the part of the Americans must be explained.

It was my fault alone! They Came Before Columbus: It provides further evidence cwme all great civilizations and races are heavily indebted to one another and that no race has a monopoly on enterprise and inventive genius.

On pageof the Random House copy of this book, there is an apparent TYPO, first Paragraph, eighth line down, “Nacron a “preservative Egyptians used for Mummification ” should actually be “Natron.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I didn’t know that American Indians sailed across the Atlantic and arrived on the coast of northern Europe in the first century B. These writings are in recognition of the traditional responsibility of sharing my learnings, for the sertlma of others who may be on the path of decolonization. Paperbackpages. Looking for More Great Reads?

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The insightful study of how 77 American Indian tribal thej were the vaan as those of the Berbers in Africa will leaving you wanting to discover more about this information. If any crossed it would have been a lost ship that never made it back. Everyone is so busy trying to defend Van Sertimas seafaring possibilities that it has blinded your logic on the obvious. Peanut Butter existed since the time of the Aztec.

She also planned to publish a book of his poetry. Retrieved 6 June