PreColumbian Discovery of America by Africans (Youtube Video)

Western historiography often exaggerates Christopher Columbus’s voyage across the Atlantic, framing it as an unprecedented feat comparable to intergalactic travel. This narrative overshadows the capabilities of others, especially Africans, and their potential to have made similar voyages before Columbus. The Atlantic, with its dynamic system of currents like the North Equatorial Current and the North Atlantic Gyre, including the Gulf Stream, has historically functioned as natural pathways facilitating transoceanic travel. These oceanic currents and wind patterns, such as the Trade Winds and the Westerlies, could have been utilized by ancient mariners, reducing the navigational challenges of crossing the Atlantic.

Despite sparse archaeological evidence directly linking pre-Columbian African presence in the Americas, speculative findings such as cocaine in Egyptian mummies and architectural similarities have ignited discussions about ancient transatlantic contacts. Notable experiments like Thor Heyerdahl’s successful Atlantic crossing in the papyrus boat Ra II further support the theory that ancient civilizations could leverage Atlantic currents for intercontinental voyages.

Ra II Reed Vessel (Journey from Africa to the Americas)

Historical accounts and archaeological discoveries suggest that interactions between Africa and the Americas predate Columbus. Reports from Columbus and his contemporaries mention African expeditions to the Americas, evidenced by trade goods and cultural exchanges. Further archaeological findings, such as Roman and Arab coins in Venezuela and sculptures in Peru, indicate a broader history of pre-Columbian transatlantic interaction involving Africans, Arabs, and possibly others.

The implications of these interactions are significant, challenging the conventional narratives of isolation and discovery. They suggest a world where the Atlantic was not a barrier but a conduit for exploration, trade, and cultural exchange, highlighting the complexity and interconnectedness of ancient civilizations.


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