They came before Columbus

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Random House, 1976 - History - 288 pages
28 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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Review: They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

User Review  - Jansen Estrup - Goodreads

Outstanding - well documented tracings of voyages, immigrations and trading secrets which go far toward solving mysteries in the Old and New World - of cultural similarities which had heretofore ... Read full review

Review: They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

User Review  - Yves Johnson - Goodreads

The best book I've read on African American history. I enjoyed Mr. Sertima's even handed approach. He stayed away from simply proving his point and that African American's need to be more respected ... Read full review

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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.