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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Sertima however fails to provide any conclusive proof of the extensive trading – it’s all circumstantial. 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. Further, it highlights the ingenuity of the Indians, Scandinavians, Arabs, Mexican, Spaniards and others. I highly recommend this book.

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He is also the author of several major literary reviews published in Denmark, India, Sedtima and the United States. Nov 18, Yves Johnson rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In a New York Times review of Van Sertima’s book They Came Before Columbusthe archaeologist Glyn Daniel labelled Van Sertima’s work as “ignorant rubbish”, and concluded that the works of Van Sertima, and Barry Fellwhom he was also reviewing, “give us badly argued theories based on fantasies”.

University of LondonRutgers University. The theories he presents are completely plausible and in some cases backed by actual evidence but the majority czme the book is based on the idea “why not”. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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.

He gets caught up in the argument of authenticity, which doesn’t seem to achieve much This, Van Sertima felt, would be xolumbus original contribution to the subject colukbus the end of a century of speculation – the definitive proof.

He masterfully wove in threads of information from botanical, linguistics, archeology and anthropology to prove his points. View all 12 comments.

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

During the s, he worked for several years in Great Britain as a journalist, doing weekly broadcasts to the Caribbean and Africa. This book says hugely, monumentally important things. I think this book was very ground breaking, and Van Sertima’s theory is very interesting, though a bit essentialist and for the critical eye, quite problematic.

I wasted no time procuring this excellent read by literary scholar, Ivan Van Sertima. Views Read Edit View history. Transaction Publishers,pp. To ask other readers questions about They Came Before Columbusplease sign up.

If you’ve never read anything by Ivan Van Sertima, this book is an excellent must-read. Aug 21, Kia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m utterly tired of conventional history and how it panders to White Supremacy. At the time this book was first published inunfortunately I read Erich Von Daniken’s ‘Chariots of the Gods’ as a result it has taken me forty years to venture back into this subject. Their article is available online here: Van Sertima was born in Kitty Village, near Georgetownin what was then the colony of Cloumbus Guiana present-day Guyana ; he retained his British citizenship throughout his life.

I learned a lot about how the navigational camee of the American Indians and North African transpired. Oct 11, Jansen Estrup rated it it was amazing.

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View all 6 comments. Sertima however fails to do so.

So; a very, very good book. But, as always, read carefully, read critically, and read between the lines! I think he could have simply presented the hard evidence and let it speak for itself. As one who has been immersed in Mexican archaeology for some forty years, and who participated in the excavation of the first giant heads, I must confess, I am thoroughly convinced of the soundness of Van Sertima’s conclusions.

Kitty Village, British Guiana.