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A History of the African-Olmecs: Black Civilizations of America from Prehistoric Times to the Present Era

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Barton is a direct descendant of Gyorgis, an Ethiopian Lady of royal background who migrated from Gondar, Ethiopia to the Caribbean during the 1830's. He is also the descendant of a Black Carib great grandfather. The Garifunas are the descendants of ancient African merchants and mariners who had established trading relations with the Americas, hundreds of years before Christ. Paul is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University with a Bachelor degree in business management. He is a prolific writer and specializes in ancient African history, World Black history and culture and epic novels dealing with the exploits of ancient African royalty and adventurers with a mixture of fact and fiction.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: 1st Book Library (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759644691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759644694
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parahkiyah baht Israel on August 14, 2011
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This book is awesome, some will continue to deny the ever present and overwhelming evidence of the black people in ancient history all over the earth, when european anthropologies clearly put europeans in the dark ages of caves when the black civilizations of the earth flourished. Who we know as the European dates only 3000-6000 year in existance. It is not mine nor your fault that history of my people, didn't make the history books, causing you to respond in disbelief. I employ you to do the research for yourself. In Europe, in Asia, and in the America's. Ask the people of Mexico who thier ancestors are, ask the people of Asia who thier ancestors are, ask your people who are the Moors and the Kemetics(Egyptian). Ask the Jews who the Kusites(Ethiopians) are...and so on... get over yourself and your people hijacking other peoples culture as thier own.
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Pseudo-scholars like Barton and Clyde Winters have been pushing out-of-Africa theories like these for years. They back up their "research" with obscure nineteenth century articles republished in junk magazines like Ancient American or found on the internet. Their so-called research has no archaeological, linguistic or ethnographic foundation. When Winters sources are challenged, he is known to fall back on name calling and insults (search for him in Google newsgroups for multiple examples). Africans did have advanced ancient cultures and civilizations, but not in the New World and to say otherwise is racist towards the native descendants of the Olmec who still reside in the region. The Olmec were most-likely of the Mixe-Zoque language group, not Manding of West Africa or the Shang language of China. If you're interested in ancient Mesoamerican and true scholarly work, see Richard Diehl's The Olmecs: America's First Civilization or The Olmec World by Michael Coe. Both have relatively up-to-date data on the Olmec (especially Diehl). Diehl and Coe have both spent years working in the Olmec and Maya regions and are considered some of the fore-most scholars on these people. Barton and Winters have probably never been outside their local libraries ancient astronauts section. Barton's rubbish deserves to by kept side-by-side with the Weekly World News and all the UFOs-built-the-Pyramids-of-Egypt garbage.
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In my understanding of the Olmecs it is clearly that they were of Africans descent. The features of the head stones do not in ANY WAY resemble natives of that region!! Yes I have been there and seen the head stones. But in some natives they do the darkest one in skin complextion. Its has been widely known that when runaway slaves in S. America ran into the jungle. They encountered Africans. And spoke their language.

Again as far as the African origins of the Shang Dynasty is concern, for the ones who commented saying that their not from Africa. Would you please direct me to ONE single statue or figure from that dynasty and era deplicting a NON-AFRICAN representation of the Shang Dynasty! Because if you can find one you would be the first to find it!! All artifacts representing the rulers of Shang in physical form were all deplicted as African! ALL OF THEM! So these authors are only going off what is found and presented. Also in Egyptian writtings it is said that they explored and set forth kingship in the region of China. What I have learned about Euro-myths (e.g. greek, roman, etc) that there all some how originated from African events and religion. The Golden Fleece! What is the Golden Fleece.....really? That all man wanted to "wear" according to this myth story? So some of the reviews were clearly written by those who have issues with Africans doing anything towards the betterment of world civilizations. But that has to be expected! The only thing that non-Africans are now admitting, thanks to the Dr's Leaky, is that Egyptians were indeed dark skinned Africans. Ever since Europe step in to Africa after, Napoleon, Africa wasn't inhabitated by Africans. Now thats been proven wrong without a doubt! Now next up in S. & N. America!
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Another Afrocentric crap denying the pre-existence of Olmecs as Indigenous Americans and NOT Africans. Afrocentricks suck. Would not recommend anyone reading this rubbish, They Came Before Columbus, The First Americans were Africans, etc they are all stupid negro fairytales. Shouldn't even be given a star.
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Reading a book like that is amusing but it does not provide any real knowledge. It is very sad that authors like Paul Alfred Barton and Erich von Daniken made fortunes by selling their bistorted fantasies to people that do not know better. Stay away.
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Afro-Centric revisionist history tripe with no evidence to support it. The willfully ignorant and those desperate to claim a history that they do not actually have embrace this. There's a reason the crackpots that produce this drivel aren't taken serious anywhere other than in their militant black pride groups. They may as well have titled the book, "We were kings! And we could fly! All before dirty white ignorant cavemen enslaved us and dominated us for thousands of years!"
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Hate to break it to you, folks. But a set of 13 individuals were found in Brazil a few years ago with definite African features. Racial determination is difficult using artwork, such as the Olmec heads, but these skeletons were determined, using multivariate analysis, to be from Africa. They date to 13,000 BC. Since preservation/discovery of skeletal remains is elusive in the jungle; over time more African individuals may be discovered in this area.

I have not read this book...just want to state that this theory should not be dismissed anymore. Also there is other data (botanical) that some plants were transfered back and forth. When I get to my office I'll post a title of a book there. I think it was called 'Africa and the Americas' or something similar.

Cheers,

Max Davidson

Foothill College

Dept. of Anthropology
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