Between the Kola Forest & the Salty Sea

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Patrick Johnson
Interesting! Thanks very much for this noble and patriotic effort, Mr. Burrowes. I would certainly appreciate an alternative perspective on Liberian History and look forward to devouring what "Between the ...

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Historical Preservation Society of Liberia
Finally, what scholarship has been waiting for, a book that sheds light on that dark period with real research minus the distortions and hidden agendas., and from all accounts, will ...

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Miatta
The lessons offered by Between the Kola and Salty Sea must be passed along to our youth, our future. The narrative of our history has always started from the arrival ...

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Dawn Cooper-Barnes, Executive Director, Coca-Cola Institute for Innovation, A. M. E. University
With Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea Dr. Burrowes has filled a significant void in the known history of the West African nation of Liberia. Ironically, because of ...

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Dr. Robtel N. Paley, Author and Scholar
Between the Kola Forest & the Salty Sea packs a heavy punch! Its strength lies in the narratives derived from volumes of archival material, primary and second sources. ...

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Thomas Jaye, Deputy Director for Research, Department of Graduate Studies and Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)
Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea places the history of Liberia in proper perspective by providing a seamless narrative of how the peoples of this country migrated to ...

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Capt. Emmanuel G. Woods, Chaplain U. S. Army
The Honorable Marcus Garvey said, "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." Dr Burrowes has replanted Liberia into the ...

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Max Bankole Jarrett, Member of the Advisory Board of Africa 2.0 and Former Presenter and Senior Producer/Broadcast Journalist at BBC World Service
Prof. Carl Patrick Burrowes has written a masterpiece. This is the book I have been looking for most of my life. I salute him and commend him for ...

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Tolo Bonah Corfah, Educator
Prior to reading Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea, I had not had the opportunity of coming across any work that dealt so thoroughly with how the various ...

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Table of Contents

The Eden of West Africa, c. 9000-2500 BC

Land of Sea Salt, Kola and Canoes, c. 300 BC – 700 AD

The Way of the Ancestors, from 2500 BC

Egypt and Religions of the Book, 1413 BC-800 AD

The Rise of Empires, c. 700-1100 AD

Down from the Niger, 1076-1461

The World Turned Upside Down, c. 1462-1580 AD

Dispersal of the Malinké, 1550-1670

Into the Forest, 1560-1668

“They work excellent well in Iron,” c. 1500-1630

Two-Story Huts and Sugar-Loaf Baskets, 1554-1727

Lamentations and Chants of Grief,” c. 1630-1800

Guns, Rum and Rebellions, 1666-1822

Crawling Ahead, Falling Behind, 1462-1822

A New World Order, from 1600

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Waiting to be published is one book that could change Liberian history for good. It reveals the long-hidden story of those who lived in the region before Liberia was created. That ground-breaking book is Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea.

Here are a few of the inspiring revelations it contains:

• The different languages and ethnic groups of Liberia share a common root.

• The barkless hunting dogs found in Northwestern Liberian villages were the favorite pets of Ancient Egyptian pharaohs.

• Kola – once used as an ingredient in soft drinks – was discovered by the ancestors of Liberians.

• Early European explorers learned from early Liberian seafarers how to navigate some dangerous currents and winds of the Atlantic Ocean.

• Rice growers from West Africa’s “Grain Coast” helped teach Americans how to grow rice. Today, the United States exports rice to West Africa, including Liberia.

Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea took 30 years of research and uses documents first published in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish and French. The book also draws on oral traditions, archaeological digs, historical linguistics, studies of cultural patterns embedded in masks and other forms of material culture, regional and continental histories, and even biological anthropology.

For centuries, African cultures have been portrayed as “strange,” “weird,” even “evil” through the use of words like “fetish,” “witch,” and “country devil.” Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea demolishes those negative stereotypes, just as West African farmers burn a field to remove weeds. Instead, the book uses more neutral words to describe African culture, such as ethnic group (not “tribe”) and energy or power (not “spirit”).

Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea is part of a campaign that will launch in early 2016 to address negative portrayals of Liberian history and to counteract their harmful effects on the Liberian psyche. Entitled “Reclaim the Dream,” it is designed to do for Liberian history what Carter G. Woodson and other pioneering scholar achieved for black history in America.

The campaign will highlight many commonalities and bring to light significant accomplishments of earlier Liberians. It aims to foster greater unity, a sense of national dignity, and empathy among Liberians, regardless of ethnicity. By supporting the publication of Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea you will be helping to “Reclaim the Dream.”

 

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