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

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

Author: Ivan Van Sertima
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Book Title
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
Author
Ivan Van Sertima
ISBN
9780812968170
"A landmark . . . brilliantly demonstrates] has that there is far more to black history than the slave trade."--John A. Williams 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.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Ivan Van SertimaPublisher: Random House TradePublished: 09/23/2003ISBN: 9780812968170Pages: 336Weight: 0.55lbsSize: 8.06h x 5.22w x 0.73dReview Citations: Ebony 11/01/2005 pg. 44
"A landmark . . . brilliantly demonstrates] has that there is far more to black history than the slave trade."--John A. Williams

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.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Ivan Van Sertima
Publisher: Random House Trade
Published: 09/23/2003
ISBN: 9780812968170
Pages: 336
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.06h x 5.22w x 0.73d

Review Citations: Ebony 11/01/2005 pg. 44
"A landmark . . . brilliantly demonstrates] has that there is far more to black history than the slave trade."--John A. Williams

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.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Ivan Van Sertima
Publisher: Random House Trade
Published: 09/23/2003
ISBN: 9780812968170
Pages: 336
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.06h x 5.22w x 0.73d

Review Citations: Ebony 11/01/2005 pg. 44