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They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

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They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

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“A landmark . . . brilliantly [demonstrates] has that there is far more to black history than the slave trade.”—John A. Williams
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.
Combining impressive scholarship with a novelist’s gift for storytelling, Van Sertima re-creates some of the most powerful scenes of human history: the launching of the great ships of Mali in 1310 (two hundred master boats and two hundred supply boats), the sea expedition of the Mandingo king in 1311, and many others. 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.

Ivan Van Sertima’s pioneering work in linguistics and anthropology has appeared in numerous scholarly journals. Professor Van Sertima teaches Afro-American studies at Rutgers University.

ISBN: 9780812968170

ISBN-10: 9780812968170

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Publication Date: 09/23/2003 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/23/2003 - 12:00am

Pages: 336

Language: English


History / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)

Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

Social Science / Emigration & Immigration