By Ivan Van Sertima
They got here ahead of Columbus unearths a compelling, dramatic, and fantastically specified documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in historic the US. reading navigation and shipbuilding cultural analogies among local americans and Africans the transportation of vegetation, animals, and textiles among the continents and the diaries, journals, and oral bills of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of facts to help his declare of an African presence within the New international centuries ahead of Columbus. Combining remarkable scholarship with a novelist’s present for storytelling, Van Sertima re-creates probably the most strong scenes of human background: the launching of the nice ships of Mali in 1310 (two hundred grasp boats and 200 provide boats), the ocean excursion of the Mandingo king in 1311, etc. In They got here ahead of Columbus, we see sincerely the unmistakable face and handprint of black Africans in pre-Columbian the United States, and their overwhelming impression at the civilizations they encountered.
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They Came Before Columbus The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima