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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As one who has been immersed in Mexican archaeology for some forty years, and who participated in bfore excavation of the first giant heads, I must confess, I am thoroughly convinced of the soundness of Van Sertima’s conclusions.

WHY did the nubians fleet travel all the way to “Mexico”? University of LondonRutgers University. Oct 11, Jansen Estrup rated it it was amazing.

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

I also would recommend people read diaries from columbus and other early settlers. The book straddles the Atlantic Ocean and between the Americas and Africa the evidence is much more solid in Africa but when it comes to the Americas his story devolves into a narrative laced with some historical anecdotes and the occasional tidbit of weak evidence.

This book makes you want to read something with actual hard evidence. He posited that higher learning, in Africa thye elsewhere, was the preserve of elites in the centres of civilisations, rendering them vulnerable in the event of the destruction of those centres and the loss of such knowledge.

On 7 JulyVan Sertima testified sertiima a United States Congressional committee to oppose recognition of the th anniversary of Christopher Columbus ‘s “discovery” of the Americas.


Why didn’t they trade with Africans, and “give them the civilization” Van Sertima claims? There just seems to be a monotonous and repetitive tone to the book after a while. For Sertima’s argument to be valid, this lack of resistance on the part of the Americans must be sertoma.

Jun 24, John rated it it was ok Shelves: Seeing how another Columbus Day has come and gone, it’s important to add this book to my read shelf. Additionally, they wrote that Van Sertima “diminishe[d] the real achievements of Native American culture” by his claims of African origin for them. They further called “fallacious” his claims that Africans had diffused the practices of pyramid building and mummificationand noted the independent rise of these in the Americas.

Examining navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies between Native Americans and Africans; the transportation befors 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. The disciplines Van Sertima explored in order to provide this proof are highlighted in a letter published in The New York Times.

This book says hugely, monumentally important things. During the s, he worked for several years in Great Britain as a journalist, doing weekly broadcasts to the Caribbean and Cams.

Ivan Van Sertima – Wikipedia

They Came Before Columbus. He was the 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. Books and bookmarks are not cplumbus or exchangeable. I enjoyed reading this and have reread sections of it over the years.

After doing some more research inspired by reading this book I’ve learned that the Moors did indeed have very advanced navigational technology way ahead of the Europeans. Sertima’s even handed serttima. Ivan Van Sertima passes at 74″. During the decade of the s he broadcast weekly from Britain to Africa and the Caribbean. They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America.


She also planned to publish a book of his poetry. Jul 13, James Hall rated it it was amazing. In the beginning of the book, I think he spends too much energy trying to make an argument that, at best, has several holes, and, at ican, is filled with speculation.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I read this book nearly 18 years ago in college and never doubted it bc i acme believe there were an african present here before columbus.

Ivan Van Sertima

Jan 15, Kembahli marked it as to-read. What really bugs me is that Sertima never adresses the most serious argument against his thesis: He was best known for his Olmec alternative origin speculationsa brand of pre-Columbian contact theory srrtima, which he proposed in his book They Came Before Columbus Van Sertima plainly and thoroughly explains countless examples of African presence in pre-Columbian America, from gigantic Sertiam stone heads with African features to the most obscure Egyptian symbols showing up in Mexican graves.

It was my fault alone!

I had previously heard so many good things about this book, but I was a bit disappointed. All prices in US Dollars.