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Ivan Van Sertima

As a linguist, published essays on the dialect of the Sea Islands off the Georgia Coast. The presence and influence of Africans had to thry covered up wherever it was found. He posited that higher sertiima, in Africa as elsewhere, was the preserve of elites in the centres of civilisations, rendering them vulnerable in the event of the destruction of those centres and the loss of such knowledge.

First, he ends up treating the Pre-Columbian, South American Natives in exactly the same manner as he accuses others of treating Africa!!!

Rather, he provided information for the reader to decide. He gets caught up in the argument of authenticity, which doesn’t seem to achieve much I will say that he definitely does establish for me, that there is definitely a good chance of some cultural transference do to a ship waylaid or suffering some other mishap – but he just doesn’t establish a case to support his many fictionalized “historic” accounts of uvan trading relationship.


Very interesting alternative interpretation of well known data about pre-columbian america.

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

When the Europeans made extensive contact with the American civilizations, the latter collapsed. Barrett Dylan Brown, Phd rated it really liked it Recommends it for: They further called “fallacious” his claims that Africans had diffused the practices of pyramid building and mummificationand noted the independent rise of these in the Americas.

I think he could have simply presented the hard evidence and let it speak for itself. I highly recommend this book. View all 12 comments. All of this evidence is absent because Van Sertima is basically a Charlatan using his creative writing degree to USE Seetima for him money making scheme, and trick African descent people into believe the nonsense of Nubians coming to give us civilization???

Ivan Van Sertima – Wikipedia

View all 3 comments. Other authors make this point in a more reasoned manner supported by more research. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Hodge rated it it was amazing. Cplumbus disciplines Van Sertima explored in order to provide this proof are highlighted in a letter published in The New York Times. Forgive me for taking forever to read this book!

Namely, he insists befoe all the “major civilization improvements” came directly from “revered and Conquering” Africans. Colubus Came Before Columbus.

By there had be Couldn’t put this down. Stylistically compelling, this book can be an enchanting read, though its thesis is deeply flawed. By there had been a couple thousand years of contact backward and forward across the Atlantic.


Jan 21, Donald Allen rated it it was amazing. I actually just picked this book up at the Afrikan bookstore out here.

Don’t get me wrong, his history is accurate but the direction he goes just doesn’t have enough hard evidence for his ideas to become mainstream, it’s almost as if Sertima started a journey he knew he wouldn’t be able to finish with the evidence and research at his disposal.

No portion of books, in part or in whole, may be produced for the purpose of inclusion in other publications without written permission by the publisher The Journal of African Civilizations Ltd.

They have all been dismissed. As one who has been immersed in Mexican archaeology for some columbys years, and who participated in the excavation of the first giant heads, I must confess, I am thoroughly convinced of the soundness of Van Sertima’s conclusions.

If you’ve never read anything by Ivan Van Sertima, this book is an excellent must-read. It provides further evidence that all great civilizations and races are heavily indebted to one another and that no race has a monopoly on enterprise and inventive genius. Books by Ivan Van Sertima. Van Ifan retired in