Columbus Was Last is an engrossing narrative about the research of archeologists, geographers, geologists, oceanographers, linguists, folklorists, ethnobotanists, and other scholars that convincingly dispels the simplistic legend that Columbus was the first to "discover" America.
"The best book so far to answer the question 'Who discovered America?'...This important, spell-binding report replaces sugar-coated myths about Columbus's invasion of America with indispensable history." — Publishers Weekly
"A thoughtful and challenging consideration of the many voyagers who might have reached the Americas by sea before the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria...Well informed and well written, always provocative if not conclusive, this is revisionist history with a vengeance --and about time, too." — Kirkus Reviews
"Persuasively and emphatically disputes the fact that Columbus actually discovered America...A long-overdue tribute to a score of forgotten and disregarded explorers, adventurers, and sailors. Highly recommended..." — Booklist
The best book so far to answer the question Who discovered America?, this synthesis of the archaeological evidence documents extensive, repeated transoceanic contacts long before Columbus's celebrated voyage. Radiocarbon dating of skeletons and artifacts from mounds in Maine and eastern Canada, Huyghe contends, strongly suggest a Scandinavian presence 4000 years ago. A megalithic, Stonehengelike structure, carved with Celtic inscriptions declaring that it was once an astronomical observatory, stands in New Hampshire. Across America, tablets, stone monuments and coins bearing Phoenician, Basque, Libyan, Celtic and Roman inscriptions attest to ancient contacts. Artifacts and cultural parallels reviewed by Huyghe, a contributor to Science Digest and Omni, indicate numerous pre-Columbian voyages from China, India, Cambodia and Polynesia to the New World. Colossal Olmee stone heads in Mexico have unmistakeable African features, and analysis of human remains supports a strong Negroid presence in ancient Mexico. This important, spellbinding report replaces sugar-coated myths about Columbus's invasion of America with indispensable history.