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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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 t They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America.
Overall I’m not sure the narrative is succinct enough to convince the average bugaboo. As for the concerns that Van Sertima belittles the accomplishments of Indigenous Americans- he makes quite clear that is not his intent, at least in an Afrocentric context. Their article is available online here: He blew holes to some long-standing beliefs. As an acclaimed poet, his work graces the pages of River and the Wall, and has been published in English and German.
By there had been a couple thousand years of contact backward and forward across the Atlantic. It was my fault alone!
In he presented the paper “Anthropology and Parapsychology” at an annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Mexico City. View all 6 comments.
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima
The research is outstanding, rooted in truth and well documented! I’m utterly tired of conventional history and how it panders to White Supremacy. After hearing a friend speak highly of it this vab I had to read this book and research the topic on my own. Should be required reading in Junior High maybe even elementary schools in the U.
The insightful study of how 77 American Indian tribal names were the same as those of the Berbers in Africa will leaving you wanting to discover more about this information.
First, he ends up treating the Pre-Columbian, South American Natives in exactly the same manner as he accuses others of treating Africa!!!
Please try again later. Books by Ivan Van Sertima. I will say that he definitely does establish for me, that there is definitely a good chance of some cultural transference do to a ship waylaid or suffering some other mishap – but he just doesn’t establish a case to support his many fictionalized “historic” accounts of a trading relationship.
Many of the interpretations of the physical evidence that Afrocentrics do present, is incomplete and unconvincing, particularly since, in my experience, they tend to ignore conflicting evidence and argue personalities instead.
He includes many photos and cites observations he made on numerous trips into Latin America. All-in-all this wasn’t a “pro-black” book rather it was an affirmation of less documented and talked about successes of the black race and others.
Sertima use of documented evidence speaks for itself. I didn’t know that American Indians sailed across the Atlantic and arrived on the coast of northern Europe in the first century B. At the time this book was first published inunfortunately I read Erich Von Daniken’s ‘Chariots of the Gods’ as a result it has taken me forty years to venture ivzn into this subject.
My vwn goes out to your Grandmother, to you, to your family and to all our relations that are going through the same thing. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
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Forgive me for taking forever to read this book! Africans were doing it before the white man came and told the world that we didn’t do anything. I find it incredibly disrespectful that we’re not even taken into consideration as if the “Nubians” were the only reason we develop a high and complex civilization like our mother culture the Olmecs.
Read this at a suggestion of a co-worker. The disenfranchisement of the Indigenous American of mixed blood, by any of their ancestral lines, is a sad and shameful affair. Oct 11, Jansen Estrup rated it it was amazing.
SMH Can you be more racist than this? Mixed bloods are everywhere and have always been! We have over radiocarbon dates from these sites, and 30 dame them date between and B.
Steal, corn, calendar, the concept of zero, wheat, etc. Not enough to make a dent in culture, DNA or leave any physical evidence of their presence. I was fortunate to witness one of his talks as a student while attending Cal-State University, Long Avn. He gets caught up in the argument of authenticity, which doesn’t seem to achieve much About Ivan Van Sertima. Open Preview See a Problem?
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
Though filled with Sources and Citations, Ivan falls short in a few areas. Email required Address never made public. It shows how far we have grown from our roots. Mesoamerican scholars have disproved Sertima, but their arguments have had little spread outside of academic circles. Why not shake it up a bit?? So; a very, very good book. Please know that disrespect is never intended- not really.
Respectfully, I remain at your service, Nanu. As a linguist, he has published essays on the dialect of the Sea Islands off the Georgia Coast.
Stylistically compelling, this book can be an enchanting read, though its thesis is deeply flawed. Some of these claims failed to convince anyone but the converted because they needed to be backed up by corroboration from many disciplines.
His article “The Lost Sciences of Africa: In an early chapter about how the African Gourd reached America he says something like,” it makes no sense that an African of that time would simply put a gourd full of seeds in the Ocean to drift away