Thor Heyerdahl was an anthropologist best known for The Kon-Tiki Expedition, in which he explained how he traveled on a balsa raft from Peru to the Pacific Islands to prove that ancient civilizations were great seafarers and had many contacts among themselves before Europeans landed in the Americas.
However, his last book, Let the Conquered Speak, was never published in English – only a couple of Spanish copies exist. It bundles all of Thor Heyerdahl’s controversial theories together. Heyerdahl speaks of fair-skinned, bearded men who crossed the Atlantic and brought with them knowledge and science to the Americas long before Christopher Columbus’ arrival (Columbus is already a hugely controversial figure nowadays – think Columbus Day).
This idea would immediately be dismissed and placed under a racist light instead of a scientific one. It wouldn’t stand much of a chance considering current-day issues related to African- and Native American affirmation. This book would probably do more harm than good if it were published today.
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