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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Van Sertima was born in Kitty Village, near Georgetownin what was then the colony of British Guiana present-day Guyana ; he retained his British citizenship throughout his life.

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima

University of LondonRutgers University. U can really learn history far from what the textbooks teach one in school. I’ve read far more plausible evidence against his case. Botany cottonlinguistics the origin of the word, guaninmetallurgy the metal alloys in the spears the blacks gave the Ivaj in tradenavigation African boats tested on the Atlanticoceanography the currents that provided an easy circular route for the pre-Columbian West African tradearchaeology new skeletal finds in the Caribbean of Africans dated A.

Coumbus 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.

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WHY did the nubians fleet travel all the way to “Mexico”? Transaction Publishers,pp. In an early chapter about how the African Gourd reached America he says something like,” it makes no sense that an Seryima of that time would simply put a gourd full of seeds in the Ocean to drift away This book was incredible and to sum it up in a nutshell from Sertima’s own words, “The African presence in America before Columbus is of importance not only to African and American history but to the history of world civilizations.


I find some of his postulates highly effective, and I do believe Africans were on this continent long before Columbus. I didn’t know that American Indians sailed across the Atlantic and arrived on the coast of northern Europe in the first century B.

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

I don’t know enough about archaeology to say for sure how valid his arguments are in that regard, but they certainly hold their own logically. This book says hugely, monumentally important things. Besides making a brief mention of Eric Von-Danniken, one of my favorite Anthropologists ever, Ivan carelessly states that Von-Danniken “made up” his “spaceman theory,” a horrible misnomer as the actual Acheologica 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.

SMH Can you be more racist than this? He said, “You cannot really conceive of how insulting it is to Native Americans Van Sertima wrote a response to be included in the article as is standard academic practice but withdrew it. If you’ve never read anything by Ivan Van Sertima, this book is an excellent must-read.

Dec 30, Lalena rated it really liked it.

All of this evidence is absent because Van Sertima is basically a Charlatan using his creative writing degree to USE US for him money making scheme, and trick African descent people into believe the nonsense of Nubians coming to give us civilization???

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 coolumbus for prehistoric Olmec culture in present-day Mexico. 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. They Came Caem Columbus: Africans were doing it before the white man came and told the begore that we didn’t do anything.

Obviously this is a controversial book, but it’s a good book. No portion of books, in befpre or in whole, may be produced for the purpose of inclusion in other publications without written permission by the publisher The Journal of African Civilizations Ltd.

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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 I feel like I would 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.

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. Dec 09, Amin Osama rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.