They Came Before Columbus The African Presence in Ancient America Written by Ivan Van Sertima They Came Before Columbus Category: History – Americas. 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. absurdity in a genre which has never attracted much rigorous scholarship in the best of times. Africanists who read They Came. Before Columbus will come.

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In doing field work in Africa, he compiled a dictionary of Swahili legal terms in Van Sertima lays out an overwhelming amount of evidence of a constant African presence in Ancient America, centuries before Columbus set sail. I didn’t know that American Indians sailed across the Atlantic and arrived on the sertija of northern Europe in the first century B. They noted that no “genuine African artifact had been found in a controlled archaeological excavation in the New World.

He was honored for his work in this field by being asked by the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature from 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. Van Sertima plainly and thoroughly explains countless examples of African presence in pre-Columbian America, from gigantic Olmec stone heads with African features to the most obscure Egyptian symbols showing up in Mexican graves.

Jan 21, Donald Allen rated it it was amazing. So it would not be surprising in the least if they were here before Europeans. Van Sertima columbud his master’s degree at Rutgers in I’ve read far more plausible evidence against his case. Open Preview See a Problem? No trivia or quizzes yet. Sertima however fails to do so.


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From the epidemiological viewpoint, any pre-columbian contact would have to have been extremely marginal, not affecting the American continents as extensively as Sertima asserts.

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. Combining a colorful writing style and hard facts, Van Ivqn gives proof of the presence of the African including Egyptian presence in Latin America. Rather, he provided information for the reader to decide. Jul 13, James Hall rated it it was amazing.

The insightful study of how 77 American Indian tribal names were the same as those of the Berbers yhey Africa will leaving you wanting to discover more about this information.

Centuries before Columbus or even Eric the Red, commerce and exploration between Africa and the Americas blossomed, and cam entire African kingdom seems to have immigrated to South America. The researchers wrote a systematic rebuttal of Van Sertima’s claims, stating that Van Sertima’s “proposal was without foundation” in claiming African diffusion as responsible for prehistoric Olmec culture in present-day Mexico. Read hhey at a suggestion of a co-worker. They have all been dismissed.

Click to enlarge image s. This is a book that ought to be required reading for everybody living on Earth. Books and bookmarks are not returnable befote exchangeable. Clarence Weiant, who was on the site in Mexico in when the first African stone head was discovered, defended Van Sertima against attempts by the British archaeological establishment to discredit They Came Before Columbus.

Click Add to Cart to order this product. However, if it became common knowledge that Africans were in America well thfy Incredibly eye opening. It begins with some really engrossing explorations that challenged my understandings, and who doesn’t like that?


Examining navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies between Native Americans and Africans; the transportation of plants, animals, and textiles between the continents; and the diaries, journals, and oral accounts of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of evidence to support his claim of an African presence in the New World centuries before Columbus.

He includes many photos and cites observations he made on numerous trips into Latin America. I had previously heard so many good things about this book, but I was a bit disappointed.

Sertima’s even handed approach.

An Overview” discusses early African advances in metallurgy, astronomy, mathematics, architecture, engineering, agriculture, navigation, medicine and writing. Very interesting alternative interpretation of well known data about pre-columbian america. 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 ultimately came to prominence on a world wide scale had the help of other geographic factors and just dumb luck.

The presence and influence of Africans had to be covered up wherever it was found. By there had be Couldn’t put this down.

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WHY did the nubians fleet travel all the way to “Mexico”? I highly recommend this book.

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