Is there real evidence of pre-Columbian African contact with South America?

Jun 2018
471
New Hampshire
#4
Some archaeologists cite the Olmec statues of ancient Mesoamerica, which are often interpreted as displaying marked Negroid features, as evidence for Pre-Columbian African contact with the New World. If one examines the statues more closely, in tandem with the facial features of indigenous peoples, one quickly realized however that the statues are similar in appearance to the natives.
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
5,453
Portugal
#5
Is there real evidence of pre-Columbian African contact with South America?
Not that I am aware.

The case that you posted of the cocaine and the tobacco is the one that intrigues more the specialists, but the polemic is such that I don’t think that we can call it real evidence. Besides, if correct, it would be a real evidence of pre-Columbian African contact with South America or of South American contact with Africa? I don’t think we can answer this.

Some time ago I opened a thread in the speculative sub-forum about possible pre-Columbian contacts: America: first-human migrations and pre-Colombian (re)discoveries

Some archaeologists cite the Olmec statues of ancient Mesoamerica, which are often interpreted as displaying marked Negroid features, as evidence for Pre-Columbian African contact with the New World. If one examines the statues more closely, in tandem with the facial features of indigenous peoples, one quickly realized however that the statues are similar in appearance to the natives.
Archaeologists cite that? Or internet sites cite it? I think it is the second case not the first.
 
Sep 2014
898
Texas
#7
Just a thought. I read something the other day about Greek gold mining in Canada with something from Ptolemy mentioning a large land that could be Canada.That could explain the tobacco....don't know about the cocaine.
 
Jan 2014
319
Hungary
#8
These theories are all easily debunked by the fact that natives' lack of immunity to Old World pathogens would've meant 90% of the continent being exterminated given any serious, long term contact. This obviously didn't happen before Columbus, though admittedly Viking presence didn't trigger this apocalyptic event, either.
 

AlpinLuke

Ad Honoris
Oct 2011
26,209
Italy, Lago Maggiore
#9
Is there real evidence of pre-Columbian African contact with South America?
With North America for sure [Vikings reached it]. With South America it's more difficult, even if ... not Europeans, but Polynesians could have reached the American continent before of Columbus [meaning South America].