I really love paleontology. But I am especially attracted to the era of about 14,000 to 12,000 years ago, just when the last glacial age ended. What was civilization like just before? What was civilization like just after a near world-wide catastrophic climate change which caused the deep glacial ice sheets to melt so rapidly?
In North America people existed and coped with the climate changes and built up their cultures. I use the plural, cultures, deliberately, because there were several distinct racial groups here, all at the same time.
Early Migration into North America:
The standard theory is that the so-called “Native Americans” came here from Asia across the landbridge which appeared at the Bering Straits when a lot of the ocean waters were tied up in the glaciers. They came from Asia. There were thus one of the THREE racial groups that we have: Mongoloid based on traditional, non-political classifications.
These people probably met up with other human or humanoid type people who lived here already. (There is an absurd situation that occurred when skeletons were discovered that were very much larger than Asians and which had red hair. Though they are certainly not Asian-lilke, the Government allowed the politically-correct Native American Nations to claim the bones as their ancestors and have kept any further examination, if any, very quiet. “Red-haired giant Asian?”)
(I’ve been to the Winnemucca, Nevada, museum too, for those of you who know what was stored there for a while. Winnemucca is one of my favorite “rest stops.”)
But look at the map again. You’ll see another wave of immigration from Europe. Now, their route is correct; they skirted the glaciers from their starting point in northern Spain and northern France. Plenty to eat along the way! Whales, walruses, seals, and good deep-sea fish!
These Europeans settled along the way down the east coast, and finally in Florida. I’ve been near their area, I’ve been to a museum which preserves some of their bodies and tools and other evidences of their culture.
They are the Windover people. I wrote about them here last year because I was so fascinated with their culture. They are the only people known to have buried their dead under water! It’s an interested story, and I posted several photos of the museum’s exhibits.
Today the site of their settlement looks like a scuzzy little pond. With an illustrator’s imagination the pond is given a possible reality —
A similar Windover person long dead —
The Windover people represent the Caucasoid race of humans. Oddly, their artifacts and the material in their settlement sites have been traced back to a couple thousand years before the Mongoloid “Native Americans” are supposed to have arrived.
They too may have had to deal with another “race” of very large human-type beings, some skulls of which show a double row of teeth. The Windover people have also carved pictures of mastodons — which lived before the big climate change that melted the glaciers. Apparently they knew how to deal with all the very large creatures, giant sloths, giant other animals that I saw in the museum.
Many thousand years later people came from Egypt and Mauritania and dropped off artifacts here and there. These are northern Africans who we now know were skilled sailors, some of whom may have gotten caught in the Westerlies, and ended up in North America.
So now we have all three of the human races accounted for here in America. (and maybe some other human types.) But that third racial group, called the Negroid, arrived in much greater numbers after Europeans began to settle the Americas.
How did this “much greater number” come about? Now, Africa was divided into regions and kingdoms and tribes. Some tribes dominated others and enslaved the ones they conquered. The slaves were sold or traded to other African tribes. Northern African and other people from around the Mediterranean traded with the African slave traders to obtain their supply of slaves.
Slave trade was well-established among the Africans long before the Europeans began exploring the “New World.”
A slave trade was also well-established among the Carib Indians and Central America before the Europeans came.
Long afterwards, the British colonies and then the United States came into being. The slave traders made use of the African tribes who were known to be skillful at raiding villages and capturing the people for their slave trade.
The Church has several saints who were African slaves in South America and North America and who dedicated their lives to alleviate the hardships imposed by the evil slave traders. Christians had long been at work to eliminate slavery, and finally did so, at least in the Christian West, in the 19th century. Abraham Lincoln himself enlisted the aid of the abolitionists to energize his war against the southern states.
So here’s where my interest in the Windover people takes me: They were here, first in time as far as we now know, from Europe. Then the Asians, the ancestors of the “Native Americans” came to the northwest coast of our country and spread eastward. The Africans came first as explorers (inadvertent or not, the jury is out on that one, but since they sailed up the Mississippi River, I tend to think they were explorers and traders too), and then the Africans were brought here in greater number last of all.
What I learned?
1. All three races have had a long-term presence on this continent.
2. Slavery has existed from time immemorial for many, many thousands of years. “From time immemorial” simply means such a long time ago that we don’t know when it started.
3. Oh, and by the way, human action didn’t cause the amazing global warming trend that melted the glaciers.
There is an epilogue:
Immediately before and during my own lifetime, I witnessed a segregation which was slowly dissolving. In the 1930s through the 1950s “Africans” (if we must call them that today) were gaining in social and economic status. they were graduating from colleges and universities as doctors, dentists, lawyers, professors — all the professions, really. In greater and greater numbers they were joining the middle class.
I grew up next to calm, peaceful “African” neighborhoods in Chicago which were safe enough for me to roller skate through if I had to. The front porches were filled with children playing, Daddies sitting nearby, Mamas ruling over everything. I didn’t feel I fit in, but that was all right, I had my own neighborhood to go back to.
In the 1950s the Republican party wrote legislation to assure them equal status before the law, legally removing segregation and other restrictions.
The Democrats fought these laws like crazy. They were deep into racist ideas and groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. The Democrats finally gave in, The Republicans won, the legislation was passed. (Look it up.) Southern Democrat governors fought integration —
But sadly the story is taken up by a false narrative now. The Civil Right Movement began, unrelated to the Civil Rights Laws and very uncivil, agitating for power, telling “Africans’ they weren’t able to go to college or hold jobs or live in families, because . . . because . . . I don’t know what reasons were given. Not any true reasons.
And the “Africans” in our country are now victims of a different kind of racism — “You aren’t able to take care of yourselves so you must rely on the government to support you.”
What on earth is going on in the news media today? What is going on in the minds of the racist leaders who regularly perform for the news media?
A sad story indeed.