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History Book Review: They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan V…

They Came Before Columbus discloses an engaging, remarkable, and also fantastically thorough documentation of the visibility and also tradition of Africans in old America. Analyzing navigation and shipbuilding; cultural examples between Native Americans and also Africans; the transport of plants, pets, as well as fabrics between the continents; as well as the journals, diaries, as well as dental accounts of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima constructs a pyramid of evidence to support his claim of an African visibility in the New Globe centuries before Columbus. Integrating excellent scholarship with a writer's present for narration, Van Sertima re-creates some of one of the most effective scenes of human past history: the introducing of the great ships of Mali in 1310 (two hundred master boats as well as two hundred supply watercrafts), the sea exploration of the Mandingo master in 1311, and also many others. In They Came Before Columbus, we see plainly the distinct face and handprint of black Africans in pre-Columbian America, and their frustrating effect on the civilizations they experienced.

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