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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; Reprint edition (5 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812968174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812968170
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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"Fascinating."
"--The Atlantic Monthly
"An immensely impressive book . . . well-written and clear."
"--Essence
"I can't praise this book enough! I kept shaking my head over its power."
"--Ishmael Reed
"Comprehensive and convincing . . . a big boost to black cultural history."
"--Publishers Weekly


"Fascinating."
"--The Atlantic Monthly"
"An immensely impressive book . . . well-written and clear."
"--Essence"
"I can't praise this book enough! I kept shaking my head over its power."
"--Ishmael Reed"
"Comprehensive and convincing . . . a big boost to black cultural history."
"--Publishers Weekly
"

" Fascinating."
"-- The Atlantic Monthly"
" An immensely impressive book . . . well-written and clear."
"-- Essence"
" I can' t praise this book enough! I kept shaking my head over its power."
"-- Ishmael Reed"
" Comprehensive and convincing . . . a big boost to black cultural history."
"-- Publishers Weekly
"

"Fascinating."
"--The Atlantic Monthly"

"An immensely impressive book . . . well-written and clear."
"--Essence"

"I can't praise this book enough! I kept shaking my head over its power."
"--Ishmael Reed"

"Comprehensive and convincing . . . a big boost to black cultural history."
"--Publishers Weekly
"

Fascinating.
" The Atlantic Monthly"
An immensely impressive book . . . well-written and clear.
" Essence"
I can t praise this book enough! I kept shaking my head over its power.
" Ishmael Reed"
Comprehensive and convincing . . . a big boost to black cultural history.
" Publishers Weekly
""

Fascinating.
The Atlantic Monthly
An immensely impressive book . . . well-written and clear.
Essence
I can t praise this book enough! I kept shaking my head over its power.
Ishmael Reed
Comprehensive and convincing . . . a big boost to black cultural history.
Publishers Weekly
"

-Fascinating.-
--The Atlantic Monthly
-An immensely impressive book . . . well-written and clear.-
--Essence
-I can't praise this book enough! I kept shaking my head over its power.-
--Ishmael Reed
-Comprehensive and convincing . . . a big boost to black cultural history.-
--Publishers Weekly


"Fascinating."
--The Atlantic Monthly
"An immensely impressive book . . . well-written and clear."
--Essence
"I can't praise this book enough! I kept shaking my head over its power."
--Ishmael Reed
"Comprehensive and convincing . . . a big boost to black cultural history."
--Publishers Weekly

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"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 novelist's 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.

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Since reading this awesome book I will share the following information acquired from They Came Before Colombus:

Contrary to popular writings earlier voyages across the Atlantic were achieved by West Africans believed to be of the Mandingo tribe who arrived during the BC period until the 1300 era. These tribes arrived and provided their own agriculture whilst the others would practice trade as a living which would see them journey as nomadic tribes throughout central and South America. As traders, it would be impossible for these traders to have a settlement unlike the others who would arrive and cultivate the land and build their homes based on skills acquired in Africa to build and construct such homes in Texcoco's Mexico. The Mandingo traders however would find temporary residence where ever they went as nomadic tribes and would set up bases in hostile locations as their defense within the Americas. These were built in a circular way whilst having two gardens and a gate between the walls outside of their residence.
The voyage to the Americas was assisted by two different types of currents. Those were the Guinea current and the Canary current. For now I will explain the first current focusing on just the guinea current and will update later on the canary current. This particular current was located on the Guinea coast and moved in an easterly direction continuously going out towards the sea where it would connect with the South Equatorial current. The Northern portion of the South Equatorial current would meet with the North Equatorial current located in the Mid Atlantic which was 25-50 degrees west latitude depending on the season.
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Great read and shows how white historians have hidden and lied about black civilisation before Columbus..
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Excellent read well written and researched and well worth the price.
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Useful and compelling antidote to the usual White supremacy of scholars obsessed with proving that only Caucasoids could have produced any great cultural achievements. The peculiar White desire to prove Blacks produced nothing of value must, because of monogenesis, include Whites (since Whites evolved from Blacks) - yet the self-serving delusion remains.

The author supports his contention that Africans sailed to Ancient America over 2,000 years before Columbus with clear evidence - along with archaeological discoveries indicating the lasting impact of the resulting cultural fusion. A clear example of Ockham’s razor that Whites despair of ever refuting.

The implicit argument here is that White culture is so bereft of cultural achievements (other than those based on genocide, looting & rapine) that Whites effectively slum in other cultures in order to pretend those cultures were not Black. An attempt to obliterate the achievements of those whose exploitation by Whites built White wealth and, in so doing, salve White guilt through fallacious Hamitic hypotheses. (This helps explain why White museums are full of the achievements of other ethnic groups.)

A well-written and clear description of the past that often uses the novelistic technique of placing the reader at the center of the action by talking about historical personages as if the author had privileged access to their thoughts.

Ultimately, it is impossible to trust the Negrophobic biases and distortions of palimpsestic White history books (more concerned with ideology & propaganda than empirical knowledge) after reading this extremely likable and well-characterized work.
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The book is old in the field it is considering. The last twenty years have completely transformed our vision of what happened in the world after the end of the Ice Age, or even after the small icy episode between 10,800 and 9,600 BC. The concept of Neolithic revolution invented in the 1920s by the extreme Marxist V. Gordon Childe is today completely outdated and considered more and more as a perversion of history. Even the concept of prehistory based on the only consideration of the existence of writing systems is falling apart because that concept would mean Africa started having a history when in the 19th century, if not 20th century European colonists started writing African languages that were absolutely and only oral in spite of thirteen centuries of Arab and Moslem influence.

BLACK AFRICA'S HISTORY
This book was salvational in many ways at the time of its publication. It asserted the historical participation of Black Africa as far back as the birth of the Egyptian civilization. It insists on the leading role it played in some periods and it tries to find out in what periods there existed contact between Black Africa and the Americas. We cannot of course reproach the author with what he could not know in 1976. He could not know Gobekli Tepe, the surrounding settlements, the Natufian villages, etc., all going back to 12,000 years BC which is more than 6,000 or 7,000 years before the Egyptian civilization and 9,000 before the invention of the first known writing system in the Middle East, the Sumerian writing system too often identified as the Akkadian cuneiform writing system because the scribes were Akkadian speaking a Semitic language though the language was Sumerian, a synthetic-analytical language, probably post-agglutinative.
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