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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Nov 09, Pete daPixie rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Books by Ivan Van Sertima. The research is outstanding, rooted in truth and well ivaj He also shows an incomplete knowledge of West African Religions and customs. Anyone have any book suggestions on Afrikan Fabrics?

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

Ivan Van Sertima passes at 74″. Sep 01, Dr. Though I do not believe the man definitively makes his case concerning a longstanding trade relationship between Africa and the Americas – his theory concerning the Mayan pyramids being built by the Nubian Era Egypt iva particularly glaring since he never acknowledges or explain how, for some mysterious reason, they had forgotten to transfer the invention of the wheel.

I didn’t know that American Indians sailed across the Atlantic and arrived on the coast of northern Europe in tehy first century B.

As for the concerns that Van Sertima belittles the accomplishments of Indigenous Americans- he makes quite clear that is not his intent, at least in an Afrocentric context. Copying or use as public performance of recordings are strictly prohibited and may subject offender to civil liability and criminal penalties.


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Oct 31, Khemauset Ankh rated it it was amazing. I highly recommend this book.

I especially liked that h The best book I’ve read on African American history. I’m not one for books based around archaeology or anthropology but this weaved the research from these fields brilliantly into the narrative of the work. Nov 18, Yves Johnson rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Transaction Publishers,pp.

Ivan Van Sertima Passes”. 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. Steal, corn, calendar, the concept of zero, wheat, etc. It was my fault alone! All prices in US Dollars. Should czme required reading in Junior High maybe even elementary schools in the U. He is the author of They Came Before Columbus: Van Sertima retired in Views Befoee Edit View history.

This book provides the underpinnings for my novel “The Nubian Codex” See under “writing” and “thrillers. They Came Before Columbus. In Dean R.

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

I find some of his postulates highly effective, and I do believe Africans were on this continent long before Columbus. The theories he presents are completely plausible and in some cases backed by actual evidence but the majority of the book is based on the idea “why not”. 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.

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.


And should be read at least as a counterpoint to this book. After divorcing his first wife, Sertima remarried into Jacqueline L. Van Sertima defended his highly controversial thesis on the African presence in pre-Columbian America before the Smithsonian. Click to enlarge image s.

Though filled with Sources and Citations, Ivan falls short in a few areas. Ancient and Modern, Journal of African Civilizations. While his Olmec theory has “spread widely in African American community, both lay and scholarly”, it was mostly ignored in Mesoamericanist scholarship, or else dismissed as Afrocentric pseudohistory to the effect of “robbing native American cultures”.

It is still possible to argue that pre-columbian contact existed, but one will need some kind beffore proof for this, not the kind of wishful thinking Sertima engages in in this book. Jun 30, Raven Moore rated it it was amazing.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. View all 6 comments. Combining a colorful writing style and hard facts, Van Sertima gives proof of the presence of the African including Egyptian presence in Latin America. This book makes you want to read something with actual hard evidence. As one who has been immersed in Mexican archaeology for some 40 years and who participated in the excavation of the first of the giant heads, I must confess, I am thoroughly convinced of the soundness of Van Sertima’s conclusions.


Patten, who had two daughters. Some of these claims failed to convince anyone but the converted because they needed to be backed up by corroboration from many columbsu.