“It has been suggested that a people known as the Mande brought agriculture from the north to western Africa. The ancient Mande did have trade routes — a western one from southern Morocco toward the Upper Niger, another running from the Fezzan to the eastern side of the Niger. These routes are clearly marked by engravings of wheeled vehicles drawn by small horses. This small horse has not died out. It can still be found today in the Sahel region. Professor Clyde Winters has placed the Mande very clearly in the Sahara at a very early date, citing their inscriptions at Oued Mertoutek, and demonstrating their movement down towards the Niger by a distribution of their habitation signs. He uses a new type of evidence, the evidence of an ancient African script in use by these Mande people.”

Source: Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. Blacks In Science: Ancient and Modern. pg. 21. 1983.

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