They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America (Paperback)

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    Ivan Van Sertima’s pioneering work in linguistics and anthropology has appeared in numerous scholarly journals. Professor Van Sertima teaches Afro-American studies at Rutgers University.
    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. InThey 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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    ISBN 9780812968170
    Genre HISTORY / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 284
    Publisher Date 2003-09-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Random House Inc
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The African Presence in Ancient America
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Van Sertima, Ivan
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0

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      As an enthic studies major I found this book very enlightening. It's a great read.It makes one question the textbooks that are issued to school children today.

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