"I spent four years at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, doing my first degree, and never once, never once in all those years, did I learn anything about any African civilization." -- Ivan Van Sertima, historian, 1986
New Scientist: Graveyard DNA rewrites African American history.
Two of Christopher Columbus's shipmates were the first [sic] Africans to set foot in the New World, a study has found.The reality is that Africans have been going to the New World for thousands of years before Columbus. E.G. Egyptians went to America for tobacco and cocaine, black African Olmecs went to Mexico to settle, and Abu Bakari II went to Brazil 200 years before Columbus.
Using DNA analysis of human bones excavated from a graveyard in La Isabela, Dominican Republic – the first [sic] colonial town in the Americas – the new study adds weight to the theory that Africans crossed the Atlantic at least 150 years earlier than previously thought.
"African Americans have come to believe that their history began when the first slave ships docked in the mid-17th century, but our results suggest that it actually started far earlier, at the same time as the Europeans' history on the continent did," says Hannes Schroeder of the Centre for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, who did the analysis.