A present day Malian 10 man pirogue with sail on the Niger river, for ocean travel - higher sides, but you can't travel 30 days (required to cross the Atlantic this way) with 10 men in such a vessel, water & a staple food supply on board in case you caught no fish the whole trip - plus trade items and weapons will take up valuable space, and no-where is it recorded that the Malian Empire had Caravel sized ships like the Iberian savages used 181 years later, neither did they have guns or cannons at this time, only spears, hide shields, javelins, bows & arrows (arrows poisoned and spear/javelin tips).....but if all 800 Malian seasoned soldiers (and they WERE damn good fighters, best in West Africa) reached Barbados they would have certainly conquered the Igneri-Arawaks here (if they needed to), Kalinas (who also came into the Lesser Antilles on military exploration/expedition without their own women) who came after were able to conquer entire islands such as Tobago with less than half that number...the Igneri knew a lot about pottery and farming, but not a damn thing about warfare. The Kalinas (and the Kalinagos they co-fathered with their own Igneri wives) were the opposite and would have been a match for the Malian Soldiers....hence the descendants of the Mali Empire were only able to retain St. Vincent after Barbados (with few places to hide) was depopulated by Spanish slave raids throughout the 1500's.
The official title of this proposed documentary would be 'LOS BARBADOS 1500 AD - THE FIRST MULTI-RACIAL ISLAND IN THE CARIBBEAN!'
I decided to do a promo (will be posted here when done so keep checking back) for the first of a what I hope will become a series of low-budget Amerindian documentaries, of course it will only blossom into a 'series' if the first 'few minutes long' intro sample one I finance myself attracts support, my aim is not 'special effects' but 'realism', few indigenous people are telling our own stories on screen, and this will NOT change until we begin to produce MORE of our own vast repositories of oral history....not only to EDUCATE others - but ourselves as well, too many of us have become as far from our own tangible and intangible heritage as a Hawk is from the Moon....the first one will be done 100% on location in Barbados using local members of my own Guyanese Amerindian family and friends as we are of multi-racial descent that includes Arawaks (for authenticity), I will call it 'LOS BARBADOS 1500 AD', because I have a very plausible explanation for why the Portuguese who were the first Europeans to describe Barbados - referred to it as 'Los Barbados' (meaning 'The Bearded Ones' - which infers PEOPLE not 'Bearded Fig Trees - which were NOT unique to the Barbados coastline either)
It is my conviction that Malian DNA from the 1311 voyage of 400 pirogues (small ships with sails of 10 men maximum, but less if the one month of food and water was packed on board, so we are looking at a realistic number of 2 men per ship as they would have weapons & trade items on each ship as well....as the Tainos told Las Cassas 'these dark skinned men traded and waged war and came to the Greater Antilles from the direction of the Lesser Antilles' ) = 800 Malian (mostly soldiers) from the Empire of Mali (a predominantly Negroid culture with at most a 10% Arab citizenry from the North Sahara area of the Empire as well as Arab ex-pats from their prized relationship with the Islamic Arab world) - of which only ONE ship ever returned to Africa (to inform the Emperor Abubakr II who abdicated in order to re-cross the Atlantic with 2,000 ships the 2nd (and last) time of mostly Negroid soldiers and women this time...but they landed in Recife Brazil (where there then existed 1 MILLION Amazon Indians who were adept at Jungle warfare (and thereby limited the Malian settlement in the New World to the Brazil coastline...where today most people of African descent in Brazil STILL live).
Not the Lesser Antilles like the first fleet that was blown-off course and reached our islands accidentally), and the 1311 fleet had no women, only Malian Soldiers of mostly Mande Negroid Horon (freemen) upper caste of the Empire (I suspect some of these Horon might have been part Arabic, maybe 25%-50% Arabic in the ones who were mixed as they were so wealthy they could easily have been children or grandchildren of Arab mothers their fore-fathers purchased from Arab merchants who were attracted to the unsurpassed riches of the Mali Empire), took Igneri-Arawak Mongoloid genetic stock wives in the Lesser Antilles and stayed in this region....181 years BEFORE Columbus....I say it was their bearded (rare for pure Negroids or pure Mongoloids to have bearded faces but EVERY Arab has facial hair) mixed tri-racial 7th/8th/9th generation descendants that were spotted on the coastline of this island by the Portuguese in the 1500's - who saw bearded indigenous MEN - hence the name they gave.
Once you see what I am trying to SHOW...we need only to accept the fact that no Negroid genetic resupply from Mali ever came to the survivors of the first fleet (as even the Malians will tell you) until AFTER the transatlantic slave trade produced runaways who joined them (in St. Vincent, none were left in Barbados by this time) and in NO case does the 2nd generation progeny of only one Negroid (or Caucasoid, or Mongoloid) parent who had a spouse of another race entirely (as these Malian soldiers who took local Amerindian wives would have) - EVER retain the skin complexion and features of that one racially pure parent UNLESS a new infusion of that original genetic racial stock was injected into the bloodline, I cite Bob Marley, Tom Adams, Damian Marley, Sarah Ann Gill etc, and they are all just 1 or 2 generations from a pure white/black ancestor....surely pure negroid Malian soldiers did reach the Lesser Antilles (I say Barbados & St. Vincent which is a natural current drift distance from Barbados of only 100 further miles west) in 1311...but you think any of them were still alive by the time Columbus reached in 1493, or the Portuguese in the 1500's? OBVIOUSLY these original mostly negroid Malian born explorer-soldiers were all long dead and only their mixed race descendants remained to be spotted by the Portuguese after 1500.
Think about it this way, all the Lesser Antilles had Amerindian inhabitants with generally hairless faces and brown skins....if Barbados (as the Portuguese did not describe or name St. Vincent) was the only island they saw basically Amerindian looking (same/similar complexion) people but WITH beards (unlike every other Amerindian inhabited island in our region) it would explain why this island was so named by them, THAT was the feature that stood out from the other islands...other islands have Bearded Fig trees on the coastline in abundance....what would 'stand out' about that? And if this was an island with Negroid/black skinned people in the 1500's - THAT would have SURELY stood out far more than mere 'beards' as every other island had only brown-skinned people at that time...the Portuguese would have more likely called this island 'Los Negros' instead of 'Los Barbados' in such a case.
I am convinced that MY premise is a more logical one for who was likely to have been seen on our shoreline by Portuguese ships passing...or close-up by the Portuguese who actually landed in the 1500's (as is recorded) and released pigs here to become a food supply for them in the future (convenient if the by then sparse in number locals refused to eat this animal)....a population (albeit small) of mixed-race people of African & Amerindian DNA mainly, partly influenced by Islamic vestigial religious tenets (recalling the black African grandfathers said not to eat pork - but living almost naked like every other people in the region as was normal for their Igneri-Arawak mothers - as no negroid Malian women came from the Empire to set up weaving looms and create a garment industry in the Caribbean) and with just enough Arab DNA to result in hairy 'bearded' faces.....If I am right Barbados may have been the first truly multi-racial island in the Caribbean..think about it that way with pride! I know a lot of racially inclusive progressive thinkers will support me on this one.
Local Film Producer Mahmood Patel in Barbados has expressed an interest in helping this project to become reality, and several friends are offering to help in other ways, message me privately if interested...the longest journey begins with the first step!
Map of the Atlantic Ocean showing the direct West direction of the Caribbean from Mali
Map of the Mali Empire in the 1300's when the first expedition of 400 ships got blown-off course and reached the Lesser Antilles, and the island of Barbados is the FIRST island anyone travelling from this part of West Africa would reach in the Caribbean (as it still occurs to this day with modern sailboats setting off from this region of western Africa heading west). It also explains why when the second fleet with the Emperor himself sailed from the Niger river (further south) they ended up being carried by ocean currents to Recife in Brazil instead of Barbados like the first fleet - which was blown-off course from a position further north off the western extremity of the Empire's boundaries.
Map of Ocean currents in the Atlantic, note well the info below:
"North African sources describe what some consider to be visits to the New World by a Mali fleet in 1311. According to these sources, 400 ships from the Mali Empire discovered a land across the ocean to the West AFTER BEING SWEPT OFF COURSE BY OCEAN CURRENTS. Only one ship returned, and the captain reported the discovery of a western current to Prince Abubakari II; the off-course Mali fleet of 400 ships is said to have conducted both trade and warfare with the peoples of the western lands. It is claimed that Abubakari II abdicated his throne and set off to explore these western lands. In 1324, the Mali king Mansa Musa is said to have told the Arabic historian, Al-Umari that "his predecessors had launched two expeditions from West Africa to discover the limits of the Atlantic Ocean."
A POSSIBLE ST. VINCENT GARIFUNA FAMILY NAME CONNECTION TO ONE OF THEIR FAMOUS MALI EMPEROR ANCESTORS?
Was one of the Horon (upper caste freemen who were the Malian Soldiers) a relative of Emperor Ouali I? Perhaps the person in charge of the 400 ship trading expedition that was blown off course was?
EMPEROR Ouali I
SOME OF MY ACTORS: