Black History Was White Washed: Africans Came to America Before Columbus...

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.

1. Columbus Himself  –  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…

2. American Narcotics Discovered in Egyptian Mummies  –  The discovery of American narcotics in Egyptian mummies has left some historians amazed. Recently, archaeologists discovered the presence of narcotics only known to be derived from American plants in ancient Egyptian mummies…

3. Ancient Pyramids –  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…

4. Egyptian Artifacts in North America  –  For years, Eurocentric archaeologists have largely turned the other cheek when it came to the discovery of artifacts from ancient Egypt being discovered in the Americas. According to Dr. David Imhotep, the author behind the book “The First Americans Were Africans: Documented Evidence,” “Egyptian artifacts found across North America from the Algonquin writings on the East Coast to the artifacts and Egyptian place names in the Grand Canyon” are all signs of an early arrival in the Americas by Africans. This is also paired with a much earlier account of Black people with incredible skills at sea. Back in 445 B.C., the Greek historian Herodotus wrote of King Ramses III leading a team of Africans at sea with astounding seafaring and navigational skills.

4. 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… being unearthed in what is now California….

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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…in National Geographic magazine…

9. Gigantic Stone Heads in Central Mexico  –  Ivan Van 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

10. 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…



Venture under the streets of one of Washington DC’s most historic neighborhoods and explore the Dupont Underground: an abandoned trolley station that has been sealed off to the public for over 50 years…until now.

There’s a pretty important detail our movies and textbooks left out of the handoff from Native Americans to white European settlers: It begins in the immediate aftermath of a full-blown apocalypse. In the decades between Columbus’ discovery of America and the Mayflower landing at Plymouth Rock, the most devastating plague in human history raced up the East Coast of America. Just two years before the pilgrims started the tape recorder on New England’s written history, the plague wiped out about 96 percent of the Indians in Massachusetts.

In the years before the plague turned America into The Stand, a sailor named Giovanni da Verrazzano sailed up the East Coast and described it as “densely populated” and so “smoky with Indian bonfires” that you could smell them burning hundreds of miles out at sea. Using your history books to understand what America was like in the 100 years after Columbus landed there is like trying to understand what modern day Manhattan is like based on the post-apocalyptic scenes from I Am Legend. #CrackedClassic

6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America

New Plant Species Discovered on Facebook

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There are many downsides to the amount of time some of us spend on the internet but there is no denying that there are some incredible benefits as well. Never before in human history has information been so readily available to so many people. Without Facebook, In Defense of Plants would not have anywhere near the platform from which I can interact with all of you wonderful plant folk. In what may be one of the coolest uses of social media to date, a new species of carnivorous plant has been discovered using Facebook! 

While exploring a mountain top in Brazil, amateur researcher  Reginaldo Vasconcelos snapped a few shots of a large sundew. Upon returning home, the pictures were uploaded to Facebook for the world to see. It didn’t take long for scientists to notice that the plant in the picture was something quite special. 

Indeed, what Vasconcelos had photographed was a species of Drosera completely new to science! This is the first time that a new species has been discovered using social media. Experts have now published the first scientific description of this species. It has been named Drosera magnifica - the magnificent sundew. 

And magnificent it is! According to the authors of the paper, “It is the largest sundew in the Americas, and the second-largest carnivorous plant in the Americas. In this respect it is also a spectacular plant.” The plant was discovered in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Oddly enough, the mountain on which it was found is readily accessible. How this species went undiscovered for so long is quite a mystery. It just goes to show you how little we know about the world we live in. 

That sad part about this discovery is that the mountain it is endemic to is surrounded by cattle ranches as well as coffee and eucalyptus plantations. The future of this brand new species is by no means certain. Researchers have already elevated its status to critically endangered. Unless other populations are found, this species may disappear not long after its discovery. 

Photo Credit: Paulo Gonella

Further Reading:

In 982, less than a century after their arrival in Iceland, the Vikings reached Greenland. In 1000 they went even further and landed in Newfoundland, where they settled comfortably in a place called Vinland. The first known American with European parents was born soon after. His name was Snorri Thorfinnsson.
—  Chasing the Horizon, an excerpt from the Atlas of Prejudice, Volume 2 by Yanko Tsvetkov.

Don’t forget that the entire European colonial era began in 1492 and we are still living through it today.

Don’t forget that it is presently lasting nearly 484 years.

Don’t forget that it historically began with the unification of Catholic Spain and the European discovery of the Americas.

Don’t forget that the last African colony that became independent from a European power was Djibouti in 1977. This was only 38 years ago.

Don’t forget that European colonization is still in effect in parts of the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Oceania.


History Meme →  [5/10] Moments | Leif Erikson discovers North America

Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson (/ˈleɪf/; Old Norse: Leifr Eiríksson; Icelandic: Leifur Eiríksson; Norwegian: Leiv Eiriksson c. 970 – c. 1020) was an Icelandic explorer and the first known European to have discovered North America (excluding Greenland), before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. Later archaeological evidence suggests that Vinland may have been the areas around the Gulf of St. Lawrence and that the L'Anse aux Meadows site was a ship repair station.

Leif was the son of Erik the Red, the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland and of Þjóðhildur (anglicized Thjodhild). He was likely born in Iceland, and grew up in the family estate Brattahlíð in the Eastern Settlement in Greenland. Leif had two known sons: Thorgils, born to noblewoman Thorgunna in the Hebrides; and Thorkell, who succeeded him as chieftain of the Greenland settlement.