Magazine article New African

Long before Columbus, West Africans Traded with the Americas: Paul Barton Writes on One of the Least Reported Facts of African and World History

Magazine article New African

Long before Columbus, West Africans Traded with the Americas: Paul Barton Writes on One of the Least Reported Facts of African and World History

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The history of West Africa has never been properly researched, but there were thriving trade and commercial activities between Ancient West Africa and the Americas long before Christopher Columbus (credited with the discovery of America) ever sat in a ship. There is ample evidence to show that West Africa of 1500 BC was at a level of civilisation approaching that of Ancient Egypt and Nubia-Kush.

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In fact, there were similarities between the cultures of Nubia and West Africa, right down to the smaller-scaled hard brick clay burial pyramids built for West African kings at Kukia in pre-Islamic Ancient Ghana and their counterparts in Nubia, Egypt and Meso-America. Although West Africa is not commonly known for a culture of pyramid-building, such a culture existed--pyramids were created for the burial of kings and were made of hardened brick. This style of pyramid building was closer to those built by the Olmecs in Mexico. Even though today we don't see pyramids of stone rising above the ground in West Africa, similar to those of Egypt, Nubia or Mexico, the fact remains they did exist in West Africa on a smaller scale and were transported to the Americas, where conditions made it far easier to build on a grander scale.

When the region of Ancient Ghana and Mauritania was closely examined, evidence of large prehistoric towns such as Kukia and others (as well as various monuments to a great civilisation) were found to have existed, and continue to exist, at a smaller level than in Egypt and Nubia, but significant enough to show a direct connection with Mexico's Olmec civilisation. …

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