They came before Columbus

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Random House, 1976 - History - 288 pages
31 Reviews
With the skill of a novelist, Ivan Van Sertima reveals to readers compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Black Africans in ancient America. It is the marriage of twin crafts--the artist's and the scholar's--in a book that makes it possible to see clearly the unmistakable face and handprint of Black Africans in Pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming impact on the civilization they found here.

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His writing style is engaging and fluid. - Goodreads
Ivan Van Sertima is a brilliant writer. - Goodreads
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I feel like I 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 ... Read full review

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Read the book 1.5 times. This text should be required reading for all high school students. Read full review

Contents

The Secret Route from Guinea
1
The Visible Witnesses
19
The Mariner Prince of Mali
37
Copyright

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About the author (1976)

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.