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By Ivan Van Sertima

They got here sooner than Columbus unearths a compelling, dramatic, and beautifully precise documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in historical the US. analyzing navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies among local americans and Africans; the transportation of crops, animals, and textiles among the continents; and the diaries, journals, and oral bills of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of proof to aid his declare of an African presence within the New international centuries earlier than Columbus. Combining awesome scholarship with a novelist’s present for storytelling, Van Sertima re-creates the most strong scenes of human historical past: the launching of the good ships of Mali in 1310 (two hundred grasp boats and 200 provide boats), the ocean excursion of the Mandingo king in 1311, etc. In They got here prior to Columbus, we see sincerely the unmistakable face and handprint of black Africans in pre-Columbian the USA, and their overwhelming impression at the civilizations they encountered.

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