They Came Before Columbus
The African Presence in Ancient America
by Ivan Van Sertima
From back cover:
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 novelistís 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 Sertimaís pioneering work in linguistics and anthropology has appeared in numerous scholarly journals. Professor Van Sertima teaches Afro-American studies at Rutgers University.
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 2003
Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Book Type: New
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