By Ivan Van Sertima
They got here sooner than Columbus finds a compelling, dramatic, and fantastically distinct documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in old the USA. interpreting navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies among local americans and Africans; the transportation of crops, animals, and textiles among the continents; and the diaries, journals, and oral bills of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of proof to help his declare of an African presence within the New global centuries sooner than Columbus. Combining awesome scholarship with a novelist’s reward for storytelling, Van Sertima re-creates one of the most robust scenes of human background: the launching of the nice ships of Mali in 1310 (two hundred grasp boats and 2 hundred provide boats), the ocean excursion of the Mandingo king in 1311, and so on. In They got here ahead of Columbus, we see in actual fact the unmistakable face and handprint of black Africans in pre-Columbian the United States, and their overwhelming effect at the civilizations they encountered.
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