In schools up and down the country,
little children are taught that a heroic Italian explorer discovered
America, and various events and parades are held to celebrate the
One can only wonder how Columbus could
have discovered America when people were watching him from America's
The great ancient civilizations of Egypt and West Africa traveled to the Americas, contributing immensely to early American civilization by 'importing' the,
The strongest evidence of African presence in America before Columbus comes from the pen of Columbus himself.
In 1920, a renowned American historian and linguist, Leo Weiner of Harvard University, in his book, Africa and the discovery of America, explained how Columbus noted in his journal that Native Americans had confirmed that,
One of the first documented instances of Africans sailing and settling in the Americas were black Egyptians led by King Ramses III, during the 19th dynasty in 1292 BC.
In fact, in 445 BC, the Greek historian Herodotus wrote of the Ancient Egyptian pharaohs' great seafaring and navigational skills.
Further concrete evidence, noted by Dr. Imhotep and largely ignored by Euro-centric archaeologists, includes,
In 1311 AD, another major wave of African exploration to the New World was led by King Abubakari II, the ruler of the fourteenth century Mali Empire, which was larger than the Holy Roman Empire.
The king sent out 200 ships of men, and
200 ships of trade material, crops, animals, cloth and crucially
African knowledge of astronomy, religion and the arts.
Seafaring allowed Europe to conquer the
world. The notion that black Africans braved the roaring waters of
the Atlantic Ocean and beat Europeans to the New World threatens a
historically white sense of ownership over the seas.
Ancient African historian Professor Van Sertima has illustrated how Olmecs were the first Mesoamerican civilization to use a,
...all of which greatly influenced the Mayans and subsequent civilizations in the Americas.
Africans clearly played an intricate
role in the Olmec Empire's rise and that African influence peaked
during the same period that ancient Black Egyptian culture ascended
German toxicologist, Svetla Balabanova, reported findings of cocaine and nicotine in ancient Egyptian mummies.
These substances are known to only be derived from American plants.
Such compounds could only have been
introduced to Ancient Egyptian culture through trade with Americans.
Why would native Americans venerate images so unmistakably African if they had never seen them before?
Numerous wall paintings in
caves in Juxtlahuaca depict the
famous ancient Egyptian "opening of the mouth" and cross libation
rituals. All these religious similarities are too large and occur
far too often to be mere coincidences.
However, at La Venta in Mexico, the
Olmecs made a fully finished pyramid, with no signs of progressive
learning. Olmecan and Egyptian pyramids were both placed on the same
north-south axis and had strikingly similar construction methods.
Tellingly, all of these pyramids also served the same dual purpose,
tomb and temple.
...constitute but a fraction of the signs of African influence in ancient America.
Other indicators include,
Historically, the African people have been exceptional explorers and purveyors of culture across the world.
Throughout all of these travels, African
explorers have not had a history of starting devastating wars on the
people they met. The greatest threat towards Africa having a
glorious future is her people's ignorance of Africa's glorious past.
Sadly, America, in post-Columbus times,
was founded on the genocide of the indigenous Americans, built on
the backs of African slaves and continues to run on the exploitation
of workers at home and abroad.
It's about time education policy makers reexamine their school curriculums to adjust for America's long pre-Columbus history.