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Meet a group of vibrant scuba divers determined to find, document and positively identify slave shipwrecks. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe #NationalGeographic #Slavery #Shipwrecks About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta It's been 400 years since the first enslaved Africans set foot in present day America. In this short film, meet a group of vibrant scuba divers determined to find, document and positively identify slave shipwrecks. In the process, they're also discovering deep connections to their ancestry. These Divers Search For Slave Shipwrecks and Discover Their Ancestors | National Geographic https://youtu.be/u2l_EugvRw8 National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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National Geographic (1 month ago)
This community of divers is reconnecting with their heritage in a unique way. What intrigues you the most about their exploration?
Nerdsage68 (3 hours ago)
When they were instructed to take the sand from Mozambique..from the last place were people set foot before being placed on a slave ship..and dump that sand near the wreck site. That was profound, and touched me deeply.
Dre Day (1 day ago)
National Geographic plz tell the truth. Because you missing out very important information and I know you won't tell us where we really came from.
Asabi Fatosin (1 day ago)
T Love Yes, I know that is true. When I visit places where enslaved Africans were working/living, I can always FEEL them.
Toledo Boogz (2 days ago)
Thank you for this story, @NationalGeographic.
J (2 days ago)
@Ragnar Lothbrok no one is doing that; you're the only being blatantly racist, shut up
emteespace (18 minutes ago)
This is very touching and beautiful. A serious question though, I understand that the ships that sank killed all those aboard, and perhaps some of the Africans who parished could've been aunts and uncles, but aren't the ancestors the ones who survived the journey?
Asha Olujimi (51 minutes ago)
This is not true we are Moors,the europeans didn't have the power to transport slaves,they were our slaves in 1555 read the book Moors and Masonry by Abdullah Talib Mosi Bey for the truth,we ruled the sea all 7 of them real history is still not being told.
Simone S. (56 minutes ago)
So amazing!💕
masterflex27 (1 hour ago)
Everybody order 1& 2 DVD's on Amazon HEBREWS TO NEGROES and God will tell black America who we are. Sit down with your family and watch it and pass it down from generation to generation. Very Important movie.
Rhoda Khalaf (4 hours ago)
And the seas and oceans will give up the dead. The holy Bible
MS ANW (4 hours ago)
💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽
Jonny B (4 hours ago)
Beautiful.
Samarayah Y'srael (7 hours ago)
Still we RISE!!❤🙌
Sean Simon (7 hours ago)
Another false attempt , Your not going to find any ships because there are no ships . If there where , simply ask east India company in there modern form to show the ships location !!!!
New Covenant Hebrew (7 hours ago)
Was that a Mexican lady narrating the end?
Doris Lee (7 hours ago)
NO REPARATIONS NO VOTE!! ADOS!!!
Rhonda Mccoy (10 hours ago)
We are the chosen one's the children of the most high!! We are The Hebrew Israelites!!
RainyDayLady (10 hours ago)
This is wonderful and bitterly sad. Everyone should see this. Especially every child in school everywhere.
April Harter, LCSW (11 hours ago)
This is so amazing.
Elisha B (12 hours ago)
This was beautiful. I would love to do this.
Paul Watson (14 hours ago)
This is truly a touching and powerful jexpedition. Reclaiming who we are in those who were lost and never acknowledged. We need to educate each other ad cascade on so that generations to follow will understand who they are, not defined by the color of their skin but by the fabric of their culture.
DuZy (16 hours ago)
The sand part was so touching can't imagine the varying emotions on that site! 💜💜💜💜💜
Diana Mccall (19 hours ago)
They show talk about it all the time but they don't want to pay for reparation
Diana Mccall (19 hours ago)
They did ancestors so bad very sinister
Love Dev (19 hours ago)
This is a very sensitive subject and it's hard to talk about the fact that everyone who is of dark skin (so called black) is NOT from Africa But Indeed Indigenous to the Americas NOBODY wants to talk about the (Blacks) who where already here but only the ones brought over and then claim Africa but Africa is not claiming their relatives in America!
Bill B. (21 hours ago)
Fake news! We've always been here family.
TRUE INDIGENOUS INDIOS (9 hours ago)
@Angel TheMUA what SLAVE trade are you talking about cause I never ever seen a so called AFRICAN being brought to the americas and building anything?..and I also wanna know about this boat/ship like was it a wooden or cargo ship?
Angel TheMUA (21 hours ago)
Bill B. I think some of us were here. And some came in the slave trade. It is definitely not the origin story of Africans in the Americas.
ciekfroex muller (22 hours ago)
How could you dislike
Jamie Greene (1 day ago)
Slaves are Israelites descendants of Israel.
White Wolf (1 day ago)
Humans are evil......!
Carlya Lawson (1 day ago)
So wonderful...thank you!
Byoh Photography (1 day ago)
I really enjoyed watching this
Dre Day (3 hours ago)
These so call Africans that died in the water are Hebrew Israelites. Native Africans are the ones who sold or traded the Hebrew Israelites to the Englishman. They really not telling the true story. There is a difference. You know Native African women don't grow Afros and the men don't grown beards. Black Israelites meaning, most of the Black Americans. Because if where the descendent of Jacob and Jacob is a Hebrew Israelites, then what that makes us. Ijs people and this is a fact.
Lilli L'amour (1 day ago)
😑
tikkie Walker (1 day ago)
💯
YaGirl Uneek (1 day ago)
Facts
Viva Black (1 day ago)
I cried like a baby watching this.
dina McIntosh (10 minutes ago)
ikr! the tears caught me so off-guard, lol! then again, what human being can watch this and NOT be moved?
Truth Factors (11 hours ago)
Me too
L'Tanya Elliott (1 day ago)
Thank you so much! <3 <3 <3
Sophia Brooks (1 day ago)
12.5 million Africans! How does they sound like commerce?
Shamusi Balogun (1 day ago)
“My wish, my dream, for other black folks around the world is to be able to exist inside of their wholeness..” (YYYYEEEEESSSSS!!!!)
E. Molly (1 day ago)
Only way to fix all this is retaliation on whites
KMichelle KMichelle (1 day ago)
Wow, this is so awesome! It brought tears to my eyes!
Weas The Soul Revival (1 day ago)
JUST WOW !!
DJ BaDru (1 day ago)
The 1st "freeded" slaves.
xxikayixx (1 day ago)
Amazing.
N A (2 days ago)
Thank you.
My Thick Roots (2 days ago)
Deuteronomy 28:68...this happened to us, the Israelites.
Lilli L'amour (1 day ago)
😑
Ftaine Foster (2 days ago)
Deuteronomy is a made up story sis.....it doesnt even make sense bc it says our ancestors had never seen the new land they were brought to.....we know that isnt true
Crystal Wingate (2 days ago)
When the brother said who do we call ourselves. Israelite is what we would call ourselves
Crystal Wingate (1 day ago)
@Asabi Fatosin lol
Asabi Fatosin (1 day ago)
Crystal Wingate NOT. Keep that in YOUR family. There is nothing so special about being Hebrew or Israelite that we would want to throw away our ancestry to adopt it. NO THANK YOU MAME!
Crystal Wingate (2 days ago)
@Ftaine Foster just because you lack knowledge doesn't mean I have to debate with you
Ftaine Foster (2 days ago)
Nowhere in history have black people ever called themselves Israelites
Crystal Wingate (3 days ago)
Those were isrealitiies taking from the shores of Africa. Not Africans
Asabi Fatosin (1 day ago)
Crystal Wingate Stop with that nonsense. WE are not, nor do we want to be Israelites. If you’re from the Ethiopian Hebrews, well, more power to you. Be happy in your history. The Indigenous Africans existed tens of thousands of years before you. We’ll keep our history and identity, thank you very much.
Crystal Wingate (1 day ago)
@david hackett lol
david hackett (1 day ago)
Where did the Israelites come from?
Andrea Davis (8 days ago)
I thought black ppl was already here when Columbus arrived
Theresa Rosario (12 days ago)
Amazing women doing amazing things...may they be examples for the younger generation. We need more women like them in this world.
englishgal234 (14 days ago)
If I had the means, I’d cover Jamaica, and British colonialism. Story of Jamaica is an excellent book.
Cathy Roberts (16 days ago)
this makes me want to learn to dive, just so I can be part of it
Carlya Lawson (1 day ago)
I just went and checked their site..you need 20 open water dives to join
DatCatface (17 days ago)
WHY IS THIS UNLISTED?
Emjai Speaks (23 days ago)
Great story and the narrative is interesting but how do we know this is actual remains of a slave ship and not just a ship that went down?
Emjai Speaks (23 days ago)
QUESTION: Why were the negros on that old poster dressed like Inca Indians?
J Barnes (25 days ago)
Thank you for this. Very beautiful!
Richard Gooden (26 days ago)
Now that some of the wreckages have been discovered and we know the names of these ships, will the owners and the families who benefited be identified as well. A recompense should be on all those who gathered wealth from the insurer to the port of delivery.
Ley Anu (26 days ago)
Tearful story I cried seeing my people cry as they fine lost love ones ..
fred sims (26 days ago)
" we are the children of those who chose to survive" from 1992 film Daughters of the Dust
kc30058 (27 days ago)
Wow this is so awesome. I would love to be involved in something like this. Seeing the younger generations involved in this is so moving.
HerStory Lives (28 days ago)
So happy and pleased to see these young people who want to know, want to honor, want to carry on and teach our history. "We Endure -1619/2019"
Tamuhawk (28 days ago)
How could it be their ancestors if they didn’t make it to shore ?
N C (18 days ago)
Tamuhawk It is a symbolic thing that is being done. But, peoples direct ancestors might have been on one of those ships, because families might have been separated at the Moment of their deportation. If one ship sank and the other one made it, the survivors would be the direct ancestors, while the other part of the family is on the ground of the sea.
Loves Pictures (29 days ago)
Could you tell me who is reciting the words ...I am a light at the bottom of the ocean, at the beginning - is this a poem?, if so what it called - Thanks.
Ravince Israel (29 days ago)
The people of the Atlantic slave trade are the true biblical Israelite who fled into Africa 70AD. not African, not Black the real African(hamites) sold the Israelites. All nation know this except the real Jews. Deuteronomy 28:15-68
SolomonTV (29 days ago)
So beautiful.
Elizabeth Tucker (29 days ago)
I thank you for this information I always Honor my Ancestors this article made me cry
Kelsey Prud'homme (30 days ago)
Why on EARTH is this video unlisted NatGeo???
Aisha Holmes (30 days ago)
I liked the mini documentary, but what about the people who were already here? I know only so much can be covered, and I hope one day you guys will be able to cover that part. Thank you for sharing ❤️
krazimarfo (30 days ago)
Omg! I was just telling my friends I wanted to do this off the coast of West Africa 😩
Paul Cooper (30 days ago)
I ask whats not to like?
Asabi Fatosin (1 day ago)
Paul Cooper The answers from the dislikers are all nonsense Paul.
J PC (30 days ago)
Wow - 1st.The communal aspect and how they were able to cultivate that: learning; discovering; healing as a community. Self-care is currently promoted but communal care I believe to be vital. 2nd The diverse group of Black divers I found very inspiring, we often are presented with images of archaeologists that don’t look like us uncovering our lost histories.
7th Orisha (30 days ago)
Fela-"Water no get enemy". 🙏🏾
nicholas schoonbeck (30 days ago)
This is beautiful -
david tunnicliff (1 month ago)
some years ago i helped out on the trouvadore archeological dig. trouvadore was the last slave ship in the caribbean. we found the boat in 6 feet of water buried under sand. local schools now go snorkelling there as part of their history lessons.
Lesley Steele (30 days ago)
david tunnicliff what did you do to assist on the dig!? I’m a black underwater filmmaker and am very curious!
david tunnicliff (1 month ago)
sharks follow ships also because ships create shadows, and fish like shadows. sharks also eat fish. just saying.
david tunnicliff (29 days ago)
@Lesley Steele it is not my intention to discredit the video or the facts of the story. simply pointing out (as a reply to a previous comment) that sharks follow boats because of the shadows which are created. it is a haven for fish to hide in the shadows. they dont just follow because they think people are going to be thrown overboard. It is purely a comment on an open forum. May i suggest that you 'move on'?
Lesley Steele (29 days ago)
@david tunnicliff this video is not about sharks however or validating their reputation. This video is about recognizing the historical facts of what occurred overseas to slaves during the transAtlantic slave trade. Obviously living in the sea, sharks eat fish...they also eat people. Which are the very people described in the video. Although your point is to validate the nature of sharks, again it’s irrelevant in this context and quite insensitive. Sharks aren’t the subject of the video - the Africans who were killed during the voyage and thrown overboard are the subjects, people and ancestors of African people who lost their lives regardless. The necessity to point out shark behavior is not relevant and translates as if you are discrediting the facts of what occurred.
david tunnicliff (29 days ago)
@Lesley Steele well i thought it was as sharks get a bad rep. they just dont go around eating people.
Lesley Steele (30 days ago)
david tunnicliff not relative to the context here.
Silver Fox (1 month ago)
“Until the lion has its own historian, the hunter will always be the hero.” El Mina Castle
Herard Pierre (1 day ago)
Love that!
Tara G (1 month ago)
I see this in my Facebook newsfeed. Oh my goodness this is awe-inspiring!!! Thank you so much for posting. I am sharing this. :)
Adia Williamson (1 month ago)
None of us are black. That’s one of the many nicknames we have been given since we were gathered to the west coast of Africa and shipped over here. Our people are special. More special than anyone could imagine. A peculiar treasure that will be above soon. We are the people of the book. Our people cry out now and will never be forgotten. They will be avenged. We live in the last days.
Imca vdB (1 month ago)
Sad fact is, that Afrikan men were selling other Afrikans to slavetradesmen. How can one sell another person? I cannot comprehend.
i scott (1 month ago)
ISAIAH 1 : 1 - 13 ISAIAH 5 : 13 ROMANS 10 : 17 JOHN 8 : 32 HOSEA 4 : 6 HOSEA 6 : 16 WHEN WILL MOST OF MY PEOPLE REALIZE WHO THEY REALLY ARE; THE ( SO-CALLED AFRICAN AMERICANS) IN USA ARE HEBREW ISRAELITES, YOU ARE NOT AFRICAN NOR EGYPTIAN, YOU ARE ISRAELITIES. PICK UP YOUR BOOK ( HOLY SCRIPTURES ) AND TAKE A LOOK, THERE YOU WILL FIND THE WHOLE OF YOUR HIS - TORY. SELAH!!!
Divers Equipment (1 month ago)
This is Great, how do I get involved?
GaslitWorld f. Melissa B (1 month ago)
For all of those who escaped slavery by going down with a ship, I am relieved that they died before beginning the most humiliating tenure a person can undertake. And for all of those who made it ashore alive and endured that most heinous of institutions, my heart bleeds. RIP to all of you before touchdown and after. You are the reason I am here and alive, despite the foulness of this legacy.
Fred Mzungu (19 hours ago)
respect
YoYo Tahlia Baht Israel (1 day ago)
GaslitWorld f. Melissa B well said ALL PRAISES
kemetstry (1 month ago)
When will this air or has it already? -
La Shawn Marie (1 month ago)
we never forgot about you
Pam Ward (1 month ago)
Who was the first devil who thought,,hey,let's take people for slaves!!???
DadisDad (29 days ago)
Pam Ward An African. Because that's where humans originated.
Silver Fox (1 month ago)
Pam Ward The Catholic Church.
Peris Z Jon Show (1 month ago)
Just Beautiful!
0397rb (1 month ago)
The Bible teaches this as. Our fate slavery.. Wow the Bible teaches this is one of God's curses on the chosen people.
Adia Williamson (1 month ago)
0397rb sure does. Too bad our people can’t make the connection yet. They are waking up slowly.....daily. Hopefully we can toss off the narrative given to us by the so called history books.
Linda Staves (1 month ago)
Watched it 3 times in 1 day. It leaves me emotionally spent, and very honored to be a living breathing part of my ancestors.
New Black World Order (1 month ago)
TELL THE DISBELIEVING SKEPTICS THE SHIPS HAVE BEEN FOUND
Ftaine Foster (2 days ago)
Facts
Hartbeat1555 (30 days ago)
Indeed!!
New Black World Order (1 month ago)
OKAY COOL LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE
Keena Chew (1 month ago)
I really appreciated this mini documentary! The slave trade is a key piece of our history that connects us to who our ancestors truly are. We have always had our history with us, in our hands, access to it, all the history before the slave trade even the reason why the slave trade happened...just open your Bibles...Deuteronomy 28. Read it and see the truth.
Bose' Beauty (1 month ago)
So touching
Amber McEntire (1 month ago)
Can anyone join these dives? I am PADI Open water certified and ready to go.
Path of Light (1 month ago)
Stop teaching that all blacks came from because there is plenty of EVIDENCE that WE(AFRICANS in AMERICA) were living in America long before anyone was here and YES even before the so-called INDIANS........ Yes, some did get caught in slavery..... Trace the evidence here.............. Read "They Came before Columbus" by Ivan Van Sertima...............................
LadyP B (29 days ago)
Yes!!
Aisha Holmes (30 days ago)
Path of Light agreed!
Tafari 98 (1 month ago)
Lol
sherry watkins (1 month ago)
They are there and see you
lenubienne (1 month ago)
I got open water certified in Thailand last year, and I have been looking for more opportunities to dive. I think I just found my calling. This is incredible, and I can't stop crying.
jeff coleman (1 month ago)
A powerful gesture to let our Ancestors know we have not forgotten
Coffy Cakes (1 month ago)
This makes me hate those who never paid for the evil they’ve inflicted and those who continue to inflict on people of color.
Coffy Cakes (1 month ago)
Moe Rego Boy Bye. Pick up a book, not a comic book and not a cookbook. But pick up a book that will actually teach you about your history. And not the freaking Bible either.
Moe Rego (1 month ago)
Bless Yah Heart Sweetie!
Coffy Cakes (1 month ago)
Moe Rego Please go somewhere and have several seats, your statement/opinion was neither solicited nor wanted. I am not in denial. I know who I am and what I look like and like I said before no one is black. Black is not a race. Black is a color and no one skin is black we are brown. You’re in denial if you look in the mirror and you see yourself as black. Before you call yourself trolling statements and correcting someone you need to do your research. To label yourself as black in America means that you have no rights. Do your research.
Moe Rego (1 month ago)
No you have a good day Black sister in denial...smh!
Coffy Cakes (1 month ago)
Moe Rego Black is not a race, no one is black we are brown. And please don’t call yourself correcting me again. Have a good day brother
Baba Booie (1 month ago)
Now this is a good video.
Tyrone Brown (1 month ago)
The Comfort of Privilege makes Equality seem like a Burden!
Katie B (1 month ago)
Total BS.
joffyjazz (1 month ago)
Very moving! You just wonder how many extended family never made it through the passage! Very sad!
preelenede (1 month ago)
Wow!!!!!❤️🖤💚
Yahawahdah Yahrahshalem (1 month ago)
We are the children of Israel Deuteronomy 28:68 kjv 1619-2019 Jewish people are not the true descendants of Jacob WE are
Jenny Livingston (1 month ago)
Very nice mini documentary, however, peppering it with ads very much took away from the message.
Cedric Brown (1 month ago)
Jenny Livingston you have to get YouTube Red. No ads with the subscription.
Bubbliii Meech (1 month ago)
Amazing..
Robert Marshall (1 month ago)
I guess there's more people with love in your heart than hate