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I had previously heard so many good things about this book, but I was a bit disappointed. Lists with This Book. Oct 11, N. As a literary critic, he is the author of Caribbean Writers, a collection of critical essays on the Caribbean novel.

I enjoyed reading this and have reread sections of it over the years. View all 6 comments. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An Overview” discusses early African advances in metallurgy, astronomy, mathematics, architecture, engineering, agriculture, navigation, medicine and writing.

Since then however I had read better researched and better written material which supports the now seemingly obvious notion that civilizations of all cultural and ethnic stripes and in many geographic locations made very similar technological advances around the same period and those that u I feel like Clumbus would have rated this book higher if I had read it earlier in life when I was inundated with material that perpetuated social darwinistic myths about the inadequacies of non-european cultures.

Bdfore Village, British Guiana. He is the author of They Came Before Columbus: He blew holes to some long-standing beliefs.


I’m utterly tired of conventional history and how it panders to White Supremacy. Books are protected under the copyright laws of the United States and other countries. He completed primary and secondary school in Guyana, and started writing poetry.

Mesoamerican scholars have disproved Sertima, but their arguments have had little spread outside of academic circles. Sertima however fails to provide any conclusive proof of the extensive trading – it’s all circumstantial. It begins with some sfrtima engrossing explorations that challenged my understandings, and who doesn’t like that?

He was a literary critic, a linguist, and an ivna who made a name in all three fields. Anyone have any book suggestions on Afrikan Fabrics? Books by Ivan Van Sertima. I especially liked that he gave credit to authors that he disagreed with. Jul 13, James Hall rated it it was amazing. Van Sertima’s work on Olmec civilization has been criticised by Bsfore academics, [15] who describe his claims to be ill-founded and false.

On 7 JulyVan Sertima testified before a United States Congressional committee to oppose recognition of the th anniversary of Christopher Columbus ‘s “discovery” of the Americas. With such a fascinating and wide sweep of historical information that debunks so much tripe that has been published in the past, although it has been on the bookshelves for forty years, this is recommended reading.

He was honored for his work in this field by being asked by the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature from WHY did the nubians fleet travel all the way to “Mexico”? I read this book nearly 18 years ago in college and never doubted it bc i always believe there were an african present here before columbus.


They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

Dec 09, Amin Osama rated it it was sertimz. Why not shake it up a bit?? Though filled with Sources and Citations, Ivan falls short in a few areas. Powerful and detained argument for African presence in Mesoamerica centuries ahead of Columbus. Africans were doing it before the white man came and told the world that we didn’t do anything. All prices in US Dollars.

These anthologies include Blacks in Science: Everyone is so busy trying to defend Van Sertimas seafaring possibilities that it has blinded your logic on the tuey.

They Came Before Columbus – Paperback

They Came Before Columbus. Read this at a suggestion of a co-worker. West African’s of sertlma period often made offerings to the Ocean, a gourd filled with seeds would be most appropriate. In the beginning of the book, I think he spends too much energy trying to make an argument that, at best, has several holes, and, at worse, is filled with speculation.

The deepest flaws however, lie with the first point.

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