posted on Apr, 9 2003 @ 02:51 AM
No dispute (real dispute) that Native Americans did come here first.
But I don't see where Illimatic gets the idea that Africans had even a clue that there was anything across the sea.
The only other ancient peoples who are speculated to have known about the Americas is the Phoenicians, whom were the first to sail around Africa, and
whom also wrote some comments pertaining to what could possibly be the Amazon. Though there is no proof of this, it is known that the Phoenicians
discovered the Canary islands and the Azores, as their coins, among other artifacts, had been found there.
As for the Africans themselves, until the 900s AD the people living in West Africa had little exploration done in the way of Seafare. At least until
Ill. shows where the idea that they too knew of America, came from.
But it really doesn't matter, the only people who DIDN'T know that America existed, was the Catholic church and their subjugates.
The Templars constantly spoke about "Merica" or "the land of milk and honey" to the west.
The Vikings spoke about "The Land of Legend".
The Greeks and Romans knew the earth was round, the Greeks even tested it.
I'm sure even the Muslims had a good idea that there was undiscovered country out there...it's just who was brave enough, (or stupid enough rather),
to sail the open seas? The navigation they had at the time were more or less too undeveloped to have achieved reasonably, such a feat.
Even Magellan sailed around the world by hugging the coast line the best he could, and staying in one Parallel till he found more coast line.
Anyways, Ill...just where did you get the idea Africans knew about the Americas before say the Europeans...?