Pre-Columbian African Presence in the Americas

It is no longer a secret or fantasy that the African presence in the Americas predates European discovery by centuries. A sea of detailed evidence has surfaced from skeletal remains, inscriptions, terracottas, colossal Olmec heads, oral traditions, documented history, botanical linguistic and cultural data and the list goes on. 

Thanks to renowned researchers like Alexander Von Wuthenau, Leo Weiner, Ivan Van Sertima, Paul A. Barton, Dr. Clyde Winters, Rafique Jairazbhoy, Dr. David Imhotep and morewe now have access to this information.

As you can imagine, this evidence complicates the eurocentric version of pre-Columbian history, presenting a paradigm shift in the way we have traditionally understood world history. Acknowledging the evidence means accepting the fact that Africans arrived in the Americas centuries before Columbus, and as world explorers and not enslaved peoples. This explains why this vast collection of evidence is controversial in the mainstream academia and unfortunately, rather than being acknowledged, it has been largely dismissed.  The only explanation offered by its opponents is that Africans did not posses enough marine technology to travel across the Atlantic Ocean.

This is a laughable explanation because time and time again it has been proven that Africans not only possessed advanced boat-building technology when they arrived in the Americas in the 9th and 14th centuries, but also when they arrived thousands of years B.C. Furthermore, the Equatorial current from the west coast of Africa to the Bahamas works like a conveyor belt, effectively taking anything that enters the current to the new world. In fact, in 1969 scholar Karl Schwerin built a papyrus reed boat (Ra I) using the same technology that the ancient Egyptians used and sailed from the west coast of Africa to Barbados in 50 days by himself. 

Below I provide links to several books on this topic written by the academics mentioned above, as well as articles about their research. Unfortunately, some of the books are expensive because they are out of print. However, you can access them in libraries for free, and some of the articles. youtube lectures and interiews discuss a lot of the content in detail which I have listed below. 



Author: Ivan Van Sertima

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

"African Presence in Early America"

"Early America, Revisited"

"Egypt Revisited"

"Egypt, Child of Africa"

Author: Leo Weiner

"Africa and the discovery of America" (free pdf download)

Author: Alexander Von Wuthenau

"Unexpected Faces in Ancient America 1500 BC-A.D: 1500, The Historical Testimony of Pre-columbian Artists"

Author: Dr. David Imhotep

The First Americans Were Africans


"Bad News for Columbus, Perhaps. The New York Times"

"Ivan Van Sertima (1935-2009)"

"Before Columbus: Roots of a Dispute. The Washington Post"

"They came before Columbus book review by Femi Akomolafe"

"10 Proofs Black People Sailed to the Americas Long Before Columbus"


Ivan Van Sertima lecture in London on his book "They came before Columbus"

Short break down of King of Mali Abubakari II voyage to the Americas

Video of pictures taken from Alexander von Wuthenau's book "Unexpected Faces in Ancient America"

Democracy Now interview with Amy Goodman on the Cultural and Scientific Achievements in Africa

The first Americans were Africans interview with Dr. David Imhotep

 Dr. Umar Faruq Abd Allah lecture on Africans in pre-Columbian America

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