By James Merritt
Renowned Black art collector and author of The Kinsey Collection, Bernard Kinsey, calls it “The Myth of Omission.” Author of Powernomics and lecturer on Black wealth, Dr. Claud Anderson, calls it “White Washing.” Others simply call it White lies! Whatever you call it, there is no denying that African history has been largely erased from history books worldwide. For example, it is widely believed and taught that Christopher Columbus (pictured) discovered the Americas. Au contraire. Here are 10 facts that prove otherwise.
Columbus said himself Africans were in America. In the book, “Africa and the Discovery of America,” Harvard historian Leo Weiner explains that Columbus noted in his journal that the Native Americans confirmed “black skinned people had come from the south-east in boats, trading in gold-tipped spears.”
American Narcotics Discovered in Egyptian Mummies
The Egyptian dead are sent to the after life with all sorts of gifts. Some even got narcotics like cocaine and nicotine. Historians have found the drugs buried with mummies which suggests that such compounds made their way to Africa through trans-Atlantic trade that would predate Columbus’ arrival by thousands of years.
Egyptian Artifacts in North America
Many archaeologists and historians largely deny the presence of African artifacts in America. But Dr. David Imhotep, the author behind the book “The First Americans Were Africans: Documented Evidence,” writes that Egyptian artifacts were found all across North America. Examples include the Algonquin writings on the East Coast to the artifacts and Egyptian place names in the Grand Canyon.
Ancient pyramids don’t only exist in Egypt. The more sophisticated pyramids that now stand at Giza were possible because of the work done by African in Egypt. Professor Everett Borders noted the presence of completed pyramids in La Venta in Mexico but the unusual absence of any earlier forms of the pyramids. According to Borders, it’s a sign that Africans, having already mastered the construction of pyramids in Egypt, sailed over to the New World and constructed these dual-purpose tombs and temples in the Americas.
Ancient African Skeletons Discovered in the New World
There have been many instances of archaeologists discovering skulls and skeletons that they believed clearly belonged to people of African descent. Polish professor Andrzej Wiercinski revealed the discovery of African skulls at Olmec sites in Tlatilco, Cerro de las Mesas and Monte Alban. Even more ancient African skeletons that would clearly predate Columbus’ arrival in the Americas were discovered throughout Central America and South America with some even being unearthed in what is now California.
A Clear Link in Religion
Africans left their influence on Native American religion as well. The similarities are undeniable. Deities with dark skin and coarse hair were prominent throughout their religion. Many surviving portraits reveal these deities who were clearly crafted in the likeness of Africans. Historians also point to wall paintings in caves in South America that depict the ancient Egyptian “opening of the mouth” and cross libation rituals.
The Accounts of Other European Explorers
Christopher Columbus wasn’t the only European explorer who made note of an African presence in the Americas upon his arrival. At least a dozen other explorers, including Vasco Nunez de Balboa, also made record of seeing “Negroes” when they reached the New World. Mexican natives documented their presence as well. Nicholas Leon, an eminent Mexican authority, recorded accounts from natives describing the oldest inhabitants as “Blacks and giants.” He also noted that nearly all the races in Mexico had words to describe African people.
Africans Were Master Shipbuilders
Contrary to popular belief, Africans were master shipbuilders who sailed all over the word before other cultures understood shipbuilding. In fact. it was part of there tradition. Shipbuilding and sailing are over 20,000 years old in the Sahara and cave wall paintings of ancient ships were displayed in National Geographic magazine years ago. Dr. Julian Whitewright, a maritime archaeologist at the University of Southampton, explained, “the voyage from Africa on ancient ships was quite a plausible undertaking, based on the capabilities of the vessels of the period and historical material stating it took place.”
Gigantic Stone Heads in Central Mexico
Ivan Vab Sertima asserts that the Olmec civilization was the first significant civilization in Mesoamerica. Popularly know by historians as “Mother Culture of Mexico, this civilization is best known for the colossal carved heads in Central Mexico. The heads predate 800 B.C. and are crafted in the likeness of Africans. But statues are not their only contribution. The Olmecs were also responsible for introducing written language, arts, sophisticated astronomy and mathematics to Mesoamerican civilization.
A Long History of Trade by Sea
Ancient kingdoms in West Africa have a long history of trade by sail. At the time, traders were known to always expand their territories. African ships often utilized the Nile and crossed these large lakes to get from place to place and traded with other African civilizations along the way. After expanding their trade to the Americas, they certainly made their mark as things like African native cotton were soon being discovered all across North America.