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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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Ivan Van Sertima – Wikipedia

He published several annual compilations, volumes of the journal dealing with various topics of African history. It was based on his discovery of the cache of figurines at Tres Zapotes through what he believed to be the clairvoyance of Emilio Tamago, a peasant worker.

Or immunity to “old world” diseases? The African Presence in Ancient America, which was published by Random House in and is presently in its twenty-ninth printing.

He is also the author of several major literary reviews published in Denmark, India, Britain and the United States. He was acme Editor of the Journal of African Civilizations, which he founded in and has published several major anthologies which have influenced the development of multicultural curriculum in the United States. On pageof the Random House copy of this book, there is an apparent TYPO, first Paragraph, eighth line down, “Nacron a “preservative Egyptians used colubus Mummification ” should actually be “Natron.

Africans were doing it before the white man came and told the world that we didn’t do anything. The book, while primarily speaking on the Black African experience, provides great insight into the great skills and discoveries by Japanese, Chinese, Arabs, Portuguese, Indian Original Americans and others.

They Came Before Columbus: I especially liked that he gave credit to authors that he disagreed with. Though filled with Sources and Citations, Ivan falls short in a few areas. For Sertima’s argument to be valid, this lack of resistance on the part of the Americans must be explained.


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View all 3 comments. Ivan Van Sertima has written a seminal work of alternative anthropology and cultural history of MesoAmerica. So it would not be surprising in the least if they were here before Europeans.

I learned a lot about how the navigational skills of the American Indians and North African transpired. Click to enlarge image s. Books by Ivan Van Sertima. West African’s of that period often made offerings to the Ocean, a gourd filled with seeds would be most appropriate.

As a linguist, published essays on the dialect of the Sea Islands off the Georgia Coast. No trivia or quizzes yet. Couldn’t put this down. The sad irony is that by charging Western historians of base racism for discounting any Read this at a suggestion of a co-worker. This was not due to some kind of European superiority, but rather the result of Old world microbes, against which the Americans had no resistance whatsoever.

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. There just seems to be a monotonous and repetitive tone to the book after a while. However, if it became common knowledge that Africans were in America well b Incredibly eye opening.

Columbus really missed the party!

Their article is available online here: However, if it became common knowledge that Africans were in America well before Europeans arrived, then the basis for this scientific racism would be undermined – they colubus not maintain their inferiority if the Africans were capable of achieving things long before them. It was exciting to read Van Serhima discussio Outstanding – well documented tracings of voyages, immigrations and trading secrets which go camr toward solving mysteries in the Old and New World – of cultural similarities which had heretofore seemed impossible to reconcile with Euro-centric versions of history.


Jun 30, Raven Moore rated it it was amazing. In a New York Times review of Van Sertima’s book They Came Before Columbusthe archaeologist Glyn Daniel labelled Van Sertima’s work as “ignorant rubbish”, and concluded that the works of Van Sertima, and Barry Fellwhom he was also reviewing, “give us badly argued theories based on fantasies”.

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Additionally, they wrote that Van Sertima “diminishe[d] the real achievements of Native American culture” by his claims of African origin the them. The theories he presents are completely plausible and in some cases backed by actual evidence but the majority of the book is based on the idea “why not”.

Steal, corn, calendar, the concept of zero, wheat, etc. The sad irony is that by charging Western historians of base racism for discounting any possible evidence that might support his theory, he, in effect, is guilty of the same towards the Mayans, Incans and other native races by suggesting that they were incapable of coming up with these developments on their own. It was well written and countered point-by-point many “evidence” people believe.

I think he could have simply presented the hard evidence and let it speak for itself. Barrett Dylan Brown, Phd rated it really liked it Recommends it for: