Dr. Kwame Nantambu

Columbus & the falsification of history
Posted: July 13, 2001
Dr Kwame Nantambu

At the outset, it must be stated quite clearly that we Afrikan people, are the original, majority people with original ideas. Europeans are only an inherited, transmitting global minority people. Europeans did not invent, create or discover culture nor civilisation; they just inherited them and in some cases, stole them. Afrikans never lived in caves and in the icebox during the Ice Age for 20,000 years.

The bottom line is that Afrikans are the ancestors of Europeans. We created them, according to scientific research of the modern-day Imhotep, Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop in terms of the origin of humankind. These Afrikans who left Mother Afrika with their melanin intact to populate the world and with Black skin, large nose, big/thick lips, Black wooly hair, large-broad nostrils etc, got caught in the ice and lost everything. As a result of having to adapt to this new cold glacial environment, their Black skin then became white, nostrils became small and narrow, lips became thin, etc; they became white.

For the first one hundred and ten thousand years of human or world history only Afrkian people inhabited this planet. No European existed. Yet Eurocentric history, HIS-STORY has the arrogant audacity to state that during these thousands of years, Afrikan people did nothing, created nothing, contributed nothing and discovered nothing.

The fact of the matter is that the continent of Europe is named after Princess Europa of Mother Afrika. Yet Eurocentric history tells the world that Afrikan people and their Homeland were in total darkness until Europeans, under the guise of colonizers and explorers, brought them into the light in the 15th century.

In the first place, Christopher Columbus was a smooth, slick, deceiving operator. He had many aliases; he was a con-man. In Italy, he was known as Cristoforo Colombo; in Portugal, he used thename Cristovao Colom; in Spain, he was Cristo Colombo.

Eurocentric history books indicate the fact that Columbus sailed on four voyages. That's a blatant lie; they were not voyages. Neither Columbus nor King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain regarded them as voyages. They were business trips. They were regarded as the 'Enterprise of the Indies.'

The notion of discovery' was not the initial intent.

Columbus set out at the beginning to search for spices so that his fellow Europeans could season their meat. Of course, Columbus knew that meat needed seasoning because he studied navigational skills in Guinea, Afrika. So he saw Afrikans seasoning their meats.

Columbus was in Guinea in 1484, long before his first voyage' in 1492. His secondary motives were to christianize the heathen, barbaric non-European world and to enslave them. And that's why Columbus took twelve missionaries on his second 'voyage'and is one of the reasons why Christianity is the major religion among Afrikan peoples in the Caribbean and Latin-Central America.

In fact, the last European ship that brought Afrikans as slaves to the Americas was called Jesus. Columbus started on these survival missions or trips by heading East,then got lost and ended up West, hence the concept of the West Indies.

The fact of the matter is that Columbus never set food on the so-called 'New World;' he claimed he had an arithitic fit.

The fact of the matter is that Columbus discovered absolutely NOTHING.

He DID NOT discover me.

How can Eurocentric history state that Columbus discovered the 'New World' when in reality, Afrikans were in the Americas between 1000 B.C. - 700 B.C., traveling to Mexico, etc.

In Mexico, there were more than 1,000 tribes upward of two million people who were inhabiting the northern forests and prairies by the time Europeans (Spanish) arrived.

In his book titled They Came Before Columbus (1976) Dr. Ivan van Sertima proves that Afrikans were in the Americas about a thousand years before Columbus.

So who discovered' whom? The notion that Columbus discovered' the 'New World' is nothing but a falsification of history and European historical supremacy at its zenith.

At least, there is one thing that is certain Christopher Columbus DID NOT discover this Afrikan columnist.

Columbus was lost; I wasn't.

Indeed, Columbus is the first to admit that Afrikans were in the Americas long before him. On his second voyage, Columbus notes in his diary in his own words as follows:
'the natives of Hispanola (now Haiti) came to me and told me that Blacks (Afrikans) had come from the South and Southeast trading with them in gold-tip medal spears. They (Afrikans) came in large boats.'

Columbus then became very skeptical and sent two samples of these spears the Afrikans used to be assayed in Spain.

The European experts in Spain found that these Afrikan-made spears had the same indetical ratio of gold, silver and copper alloys as those spears found in Guinea, West Afrika.

In addition, after his first 'business trip,' European Portuguese told Columbus that they were aware of Afrikans leaving the Cape Verde Islands in Afrika and traveling far to the West with merchandise. Columbus was so lost and confused that he thought Cuba was the American continent and he sent a letter back to Spain saying that the South American continent was an Island.

Actually, on 12 October 1492, Columbus reached what he mistakenly thought was the Indies' but in reality it was the Bahamas in the West Indies.

In the case of the United States, Columbus was mis-taken again. He thought he was in the distant Indies, somewhere between Japan and India so he called his hosts 'Los Indios'.

The original people of the United States never called themselves Indians.

The lost and confused Columbus did. As one original American-Indian puts it:
'Native Americans had built great civilisations with many millions of people long before Columbus wandered lost into the Caribbean.' The fact of the matter is that based on the treatment of the Caribs, Arawaks and Native Americans by Christopher Columbus thus makes him the contemporary world's first serial killer, murderer, despot, criminal and genocidal maniac, besides being an unabashed liar and thief.

According to Dr. John Henrik Clarke in his Christopher Columbus & the Afrikan Holocaust (1992):
'(On 12 October), the Columbus anniversary is a celebration of mass murder, slavery and conquest .... he was an adventurer, an opportunist and a willful murderer and a liar and that what he set in motion was basis of Wester capitalism and the exploitation of both Africans and indigenous Americans who had committed no crimes against European people and did not know of European intention to conquer and enslave them. Columbus was a thief, an invader, an organizer of rape of Indian women, a slave trader, a reactionary religious fanatic and the personal director of a campaign of mass murder of defenseless people.'

The so-called four voyages of Columbus represent a greedy Europe that bulldozed its way into a hemisphere of peace, loving, innocent, civilised people and then subjugated them through colonialism, slavery, Christianity and imperialism in the process.

In Columbus' own diary he writes:
'They (the inhabitants) do not bear arms and do not know, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance.They would make fine servants ... with 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.'

Columbus had three goals in mind: slavery for profit, genocidal politics, and murder for money.

For the past five hundred years, we have been educated to worship and look up to great Europeans such as Columbus and Alexander the so-called great.' The bottom-line is that Christopher Columbus is nothing but a historical fraud, hoax who should be relegated to the ashheap of history.

The legacy of Christopher Columbus is one of the staunch pillars of European supremacy and the deliberate mis-interpretation, hypocrisy and falsification of world history.

Columbus discovered' NOTHING.

Shem Hotep ("I go in peace").

Dr. Nantambu is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University, U.S.A.

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