The term canoe is thought to be of Mayan origin yet the word seems one of those universal sounds that you hear everywhere.The design is basic with subtle features but generally a trunk is cut down of a particular type of tree.This face is typical Negritic, including the eyes which seem to "slant," a common racial characteristic in West Africa, the Sahara and in In what is now Southeastern Mexico, in 918 AD, artistic representations and hieroglyphs were painted on the walls of the Temple of the Warriors (Templo de Los Guerreros) in the ancient Mayan city of Chichn Itza depicting black skin men paddling, poling and sitting as passengers in river canoes.There are other brown skin men and women doing various things on land on these same walls, and there are light complexioned people doing various things also, such as paddling black skin warriors. It is served by a harbor island named Isla Cerritos, which though small (200 meter diameter) possessed a bustling town that functioned as a stopover and trading post for early boat traffic.
Except for the trading posts on the coasts most cities were inland sot he coasts have not been seriously studied and until tourism took over from commerce these routes were utilized into the late 20th Century.They are still in existence today and are called the Washitaw Nation. Rafinesque is discussed in this book, especially his work, "Black Nations of America." One of the least known facts about American history is that along with the American Indians, there were millions of African Blacks who lived in the The earliest people in the Americas were people of the Negritic African race, who entered the Americas perhaps as early as 100,000 years ago, by way of the Bering straight and about thirty thousand years ago in a worldwide maritime undertaking that included journeys from the then wet and lake filled Sahara towards the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, and from West Africa across the Atlantic Ocean towards the Americas.