If you look around on the web to find out how the first people came to live in North and South America, this is the story you are likely to hear:
‘There were many Ice Ages in the past million years and whenever they peaked, the ocean levels dropped. Just because they wanted to, some people decided to leave Asia and walk all the way to Alaska. Some of them kept walking until they got to their present locations all the way down to South America. Slowly, over 1,000s of years they began to get smarter and developed better and better societies. These would last for a while until some natural disaster brought them to an end. The worst disaster was when the Europeans came and brought all kinds of disease with them and slaughtered as many as they could.’
I’m not saying that the Spanish and others were right in what they did to the local people, but there are only tiny grains of truth in the story above. Most of this tale is in the same category as Jack and the Bean Stalk.
Today I’m going to show what we actually know about the first people to arrive in the Americas. In the past few years we’ve been having a lot of fun studying our DNA with the new tools we’ve developed. The puzzles these set are confusing to everybody. Did they arrive as one smaller group around 50,000 years ago? Or were there multiple waves of people coming across the Ice Age land bridge? Does it matter? Well, if you believe that the first humans came from Africa, but were too dumb to build ocean-going boats to cross the Pacific until a thousand years ago, then it does matter. But were we really too stupid to build sturdy, seafaring boats in the years around the only Ice Age there has actually been? If we were, how did we draw maps like these? And how come this sculpture from the founding of the Olmec civilization of Mexico has Chinese writing on it?
Here’s what the Chinese Writing scholar found written on those posts, “The ruler and his chieftains establish the foundation for a kingdom.” It didn’t say anything about conquering an already existing group of people! And if the Olmecs were really founded before 12,000 BC, why is the carving telling about the first king dated only to c. [around] 3,000 BC? Someone is guessing and trying to fit things into their Worldview.
I’m pretty sure I ran into this information before I found James Nienhuis’ blog, Dancing from Genesis. He covers this as well in these posts from his site:
And here are some other sites that talk about the diverse peoples of Ancient America:
- Race and History: Ancient America, Black People
- And some Ancient Caucasians from Cabrillo.edu (one guy looks like Captain Picard)
- A Really Long Page showing the cultural connections between Ancient Americans and the rest of the world.
- The National Park service used to have a page admitting that the East Coast Natives were also really good at sailing the ocean. “Prehistoric maritime exploration, probably from South America, resulted in the settling of the Virgin Islands among the northern Leeward Islands, with the initial occupation of the Greater Antilles estimated to have taken place as early as 5000 B.C.” Well, not quite that early, but close enough!
The history of the Human Race doesn’t fit into the neat boxes that Evolutionary Anthropologists want it to. But nothing will ever go against the truth of God’s Word and His eye-witness accounts!
These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood. Genesis 10:32
For more about the Table of Nations read this post: The Nations That God Has Made