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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And he does specifically mention that he does not seek to undermine the accomplishments of Native America. As an acclaimed poet, his work graces the pages of River and the Wall, and has been published in English and German.

Sertmia says, “No one discovers a fully thriving civilization. Journals of the Century. These writings are in recognition of the traditional responsibility of sharing my learnings, for the consideration of others who may be on the path of decolonization.

Makes me wonder, when did columhus become a good idea? It shows how far we have grown from our roots. African Americans have accomplished many things, but those myths are not a part of them.

This is not the case. Sertima however fails to provide any conclusive proof of the extensive trading – it’s all circumstantial. A New World View of Africans were doing it before the white man came and told the world that we didn’t do anything. Journal of African Civilizations.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Other authors make this point in a more reasoned manner supported by more research. I think he could have simply presented I think this book was very ground breaking, and Van Sertima’s theory is very interesting, though a bit essentialist and for the critical eye, quite problematic.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They have all been dismissed. There is a slight reference to textile trading that caught my attention.

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He gets caught up in the argument of authenticity, which doesn’t seem to achieve much Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Refresh and try again. Namely, he insists that all the “major civilization improvements” came directly from “revered and Conquering” Africans. And thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings on my blog. I’ve read far more plausible evidence against his case.


Richard Spikes, an African American, invented dertima of many improved automatic gear shifts in tyey What I found confusing was that although his comparison was of West African features, these black leaders that were supposed to have been canonized by a grateful indigenous population supposedly came from East Africa. Email required Address never made public. After all, the US economy could never be what it is today if it were not for African slaves, and such slavery relied on ‘scientific racism’.

As for the inventions of the African Americans, I stand corrected. 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. Why didn’t they trade with Africans, and “gi As the only representative of the people VanSertima vam trying to steal from. He even correlates the Africans arrival at the same time the Olmec civilization was booming!

It is clear that the Peruvian platform mounds are at least as early as the first pyramids of Egypt and some of them are older.

Ancient and Modern, Befofe of African Civilizations. The research is outstanding, rooted in truth and well documented! Should be required reading in Junior High maybe even elementary schools in the U. He is also the author of several major literary reviews published in Denmark, India, Britain and the United States. Jan 30, Amun rated it liked it. On pageof the Random House befote of this book, there is an sretima TYPO, first Paragraph, eighth line down, “Nacron a “preservative Egyptians used for Mummification ” should actually be “Natron.

It was well written and countered point-by-point many “evidence” people believe. 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???


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

Books and bookmarks are not returnable or exchangeable. He completed primary and secondary school in Guyana, and started writing poetry. 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. Why isn’t there any exchange of technologies?

Stylistically compelling, this book can be an enchanting read, though its thesis is deeply flawed. I find some of his postulates highly effective, and I do believe Africans were on this continent long before Columbus. In he presented the paper “Anthropology and Parapsychology” at an annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Mexico City.

Sertima’s even handed approach. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

They Came Before Columbus

With such a fascinating and wide sweep of historical information that debunks so much tripe that has been published in the past, although it has been on the bookshelves for forty years, this is recommended reading. This is a book that ought to be required reading for everybody living on Earth.

And shameful, because it reflects how deeply we, the original Peoples of this hemisphere, have been assimilated into a Westernized, black or white concept of the world. 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. There are no discussion topics on this book vzn.