“They Came Before Columbus” is a popular book that claims Africans came to the Americas and played a significant role in shaping Indigenous histories. The book, and the research behind it, uses a bad process of sorting through history, misaligned timelines, leaps of faith, misquotes, and more than what I actually cover. For those of us who have lost a lot of our history, it can be easy to fall into more fantastical views of the past. But this is bad history, and it is also a duplication of a process that has erased the histories of people across the globe, especially in the Americas.
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