This controversial book by Ivan Van Sertima, the Guyanese historian, linguist, and anthropologist, claims that Africans had been to the New World centuries before Columbus arrived there in 1492. Citing--among other things--the huge Negroid-looking Olmec heads of Central Mexico and the similarities between the Aztec and Egyptian calendars and pyramid structures, Van Sertima pieces together a hidden history of pre-Columbian contact between Africans and Native Americans. He also puts forth the possibility that Columbus may have already known about a route to the Americas from his years in Africa as a trader in Guinea. The ideas in this book have been debated and discussed since its first publication in 1976; even those who choose not to believe Van Sertima's theories should take his argument seriously. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
“Fascinating.”—The Atlantic Monthly
“An immensely impressive book . . . well-written and clear.”—Essence
“I can’t praise this book enough! I kept shaking my head over its power.”—Ishmael Reed
“Comprehensive and convincing . . . a big boost to black cultural history.”—Publishers Weekly
From the Trade Paperback edition.