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At the time this book was first published inunfortunately Columbuw read Erich Von Daniken’s ‘Chariots of the Gods’ as a result it has taken me forty years to venture back into this subject.

The life and times of the black Egyptians and the black Emperors of Mali were compelling and informative reads. After divorcing his first wife, Sertima remarried into Jacqueline L. 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.

Books by Ivan Van Sertima. They didn’t have steam ships; they had man power and Atlantic trade winds. The researchers wrote a systematic rebuttal of Van Sertima’s claims, stating that Van Sertima’s “proposal was without foundation” in claiming African diffusion as responsible for prehistoric Olmec culture in present-day Mexico.

This, Van Sertima felt, would be his original contribution to the subject at the end of a century of speculation – the definitive proof. Should be required reading in Junior High maybe even elementary schools in the U.

For Sertima’s argument to be valid, this lack of resistance on the part of the Americans must be explained. There just seems to be a monotonous and repetitive tone to the book after a while. settima

The African Presence in Ancient America, which was published by Random House in and is presently in its twenty-ninth printing. He gets caught up in the argument of authenticity, which doesn’t seem to achieve much Van Sertima wrote a response to be included in the article as is standard academic practice but caem it.


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

He stayed away from simply proving his point and that African American’s need to be more respected for their contribution to society.

View all 3 comments. The journal required that reprints must colkmbus the entire article and would have had to include the original authors’ response written but not published to his response. View all 6 comments. I was fortunate to witness one of his talks as a student while attending Cal-State Coolumbus, Long Beach. Oct 31, Khemauset Ankh rated it it was amazing. He was honored for his work in this field by being asked by the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature from See all 3 questions about They Came Before Columbus….

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??? West African’s of that period often made offerings to the Ocean, a gourd filled with seeds would be most appropriate.

Seeing how another Columbus Day has come and gone, it’s important to add this book to my read shelf.

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

With such a fascinating and wide sweep of historical information that debunks so much tripe that has been published in the past, although it has been on the bookshelves for forty years, this is recommended reading.

Copying or use as public performance of recordings are strictly prohibited and may subject offender to civil liability and criminal penalties. 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.

He posited that higher learning, in Africa as 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.

Books are protected under the copyright laws of the United States and other countries. But I do encourage everyone to read it, largely as an exercise to think through what he states, and find the holes in his theory yourself. Paperbackpages.


Further, it highlights the ingenuity of the Indians, Scandinavians, Arabs, Mexican, Spaniards and others. Botany cottonlinguistics the origin of the word, guaninmetallurgy the metal alloys in the spears the blacks gave the Americans in tradenavigation African boats tested on the Atlanticoceanography the currents that provided an easy circular route for the xame West African tradearchaeology new skeletal finds in the Caribbean of Theyy dated A.

He blew holes to some long-standing beliefs. Ivan Van Sertima Passes”.

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I didn’t know that American Indians sailed across the Atlantic and arrived on the coast of northern Europe in the first century B. Sertima’s even handed approach. Jul 06, Monica rated it it was amazing. I liked how he used writings during the same time of the naysayers wrote their articles and books. Patten, who had two daughters. The insightful study of how 77 American Indian tribal names were the same as those of the Berbers in Africa will leaving you wanting to discover more about this information.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sertima however fails to provide any conclusive proof of the extensive trading – it’s all circumstantial.

In Dean R. I had previously heard so many good things about this book, but I was a bit disappointed. Ivan Van Sertima has written a seminal work of alternative anthropology and cultural history of MesoAmerica. Sertima use of documented evidence speaks for itself.

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. Dec 09, Amin Osama seetima it it was amazing.

Every chapter is accompanied with relevant Notes and References that are most interesting in themselves.

Rather, he provided information for the reader to decide. This book provides the underpinnings for my novel “The Nubian Codex” See under “writing” and “thrillers. Van Sertima lays out an overwhelming amount of evidence of a constant African presence in Ancient America, centuries before Columbus set sail.

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