IVAN SERTIMA THEY CAME BEFORE COLUMBUS PDF

They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America. 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 the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of evidence to support his claim of an African presence in the New World centuries before Columbus. In They Came Before Columbus, we see clearly the unmistakable face and handprint of black Africans in pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming impact on the civilizations they encountered. I kept shaking my head over its power. Read An Excerpt.

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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.

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 the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of evidence to support his claim of an African presence in the New World centuries before Columbus. In They Came Before Columbus, we see clearly the unmistakable face and handprint of black Africans in pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming impact on the civilizations they encountered.

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See all 3 questions about They Came Before Columbus…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 21, Kia rated it it was amazing Shelves: message. Any reader who has given this work a negative review, is due to the fact they do not know history and anthropology, and their foundation has been based off of some of the pioneers and scholars who have been culturally biased against Black people and Ancient Black civilizations.

After hearing a friend speak highly of it this book; I had to read this book and research the topic on my own. If skeptics think this book is solely for Afro centrist they are wrong this book is very scholarly it gives botanical, cartographical, linguistic, artistic and historical evidence in order to make a strong case for the African presence in America. View 2 comments. Nov 07, Joakim Wendell rated it did not like it. Stylistically compelling, this book can be an enchanting read, though its thesis is deeply flawed.

Behind the dramatizations, Van Sertima asserts two different points: 1 that Africans travelled by sea from Egypt to America about years ago, thus sparking the first American civilization, the Olmec; and 2 that Afrikans from the Empire of Mali had extensive trading relations with the American peoples of the Caribbean from the time of Mansa Abubakari, in the early 14th century.

Of these, the l Stylistically compelling, this book can be an enchanting read, though its thesis is deeply flawed. Of these, the latter is somewhat probable, though Sertima really only proves that Mali sent fleets west and that was known before his book was published.

Sertima however fails to provide any conclusive proof of the extensive trading - it's all circumstantial. The deepest flaws however, lie with the first point. Here, Sertima uses arguments that are very strange, such as that the famous Olmec Stone heads are "obviously" African, and thus they must be depictions of Africans. Mesoamerican scholars have disproved Sertima, but their arguments have had little spread outside of academic circles.

And should be read at least as a counterpoint to this book. What really bugs me is that Sertima never adresses the most serious argument against his thesis: the epidemiological one. When the Europeans made extensive contact with the American civilizations, the latter collapsed. 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. Because they never had been exposed to those microbes, never developing any resistance against them.

For Sertima's argument to be valid, this lack of resistance on the part of the Americans must be explained. Sertima however fails to do so. From the epidemiological viewpoint, any pre-columbian contact would have to have been extremely marginal, not affecting the American continents as extensively as Sertima asserts. It is still possible to argue that pre-columbian contact existed, but one will need some kind of proof for this, not the kind of wishful thinking Sertima engages in in this book.

View all 12 comments. Jun 30, Raven Moore rated it it was amazing. Oh my goodness! Forgive me for taking forever to read this book! It was my fault alone! 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. It provides further evidence that all great civilizations and races are heavily indebted to one another and that no race has a monopoly on enterprise and inventive genius.

View 1 comment. Jul 06, Monica rated it it was amazing. I read this book nearly 18 years ago in college and never doubted it bc i always believe there were an african present here before columbus.

I also would recommend people read diaries from columbus and other early settlers. U can really learn history far from what the textbooks teach one in school. Im grateful to my history teacher who taught me how to find these first person resources bc i have learned alot about why blacks were enslaved and who idea it was to enslave my ancestors.

Dec 30, Lalena rated it really liked it. Very interesting alternative interpretation of well known data about pre-columbian america. 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. So it would not be surprising in the least if they were here before Europeans.

Oct 31, Khemauset Ankh rated it it was amazing. This is another informative book that tells more truth about the Ancient Africans. These Africans travelled to the Americas, namely central America and Mexico. They didn't have steam ships; they had man power and Atlantic trade winds.

Africans were doing it before the white man came and told the world that we didn't do anything. Oct 11, N. Seeing how another Columbus Day has come and gone, it's important to add this book to my read shelf. If you've never read anything by Ivan Van Sertima, this book is an excellent must-read. Nov 15, Tlacaelel Quetzalcoatl rated it did not like it.

As the only representative of the people VanSertima is trying to steal from. 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. Everyone is so busy trying to defend Van Sertimas seafaring possibilities that it has blinded your logic on the obvious.

WHY did the nubians fleet travel all the way to "Mexico"? Why didn't they trade with Africans, and "gi As the only representative of the people VanSertima is trying to steal from. Why didn't they trade with Africans, and "give them the civilization" Van Sertima claims? Why isn't there any exchange of technologies?

Or immunity to "old world" diseases? Steal, corn, calendar, the concept of zero, wheat, etc. 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???

With NO evidence what's so ever. SMH Can you be more racist than this? View all 9 comments.

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They came before Columbus : the African presence in ancient America / Ivan Van Sertima

He was best known for his Olmec alternative origin speculations , a brand of pre-Columbian contact theory , which he proposed in his book They Came Before Columbus While his Olmec theory has "spread widely in African American community, both lay and scholarly", it was mostly ignored in Mesoamericanist scholarship, and dismissed as Afrocentric pseudoarchaeology [2] and pseudohistory to the effect of "robbing native American cultures". Van Sertima was born in Kitty Village, near Georgetown , in what was then the colony of British Guiana present-day Guyana ; he retained his British citizenship throughout his life. He completed primary and secondary school in Guyana, and started writing poetry.

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