They Came Before Columbus

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Random House, 1976 - America - 288 pages
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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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one of the most eye awakening books on earth. Shows how much history has been deleted.

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User Review  - Gloria Creech - Goodreads

I would say I skimmed this book rather than read it and it was a long time ago. I am grateful I discovered it because it debunked what my teachers taught us in school that the Vikings alone were the earliest long distance seafarers who left their mark in the Americas. Read full review



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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.

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