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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 (6 months ago)
This community of divers is reconnecting with their heritage in a unique way. What intrigues you the most about their exploration?
Allison Williams Hill (28 days ago)
@Ebony Freeman Seeing this 1/22/20. Wonderful comment. Shame is the best way to discourage someone who is on a path that expands them beyond other's ability to control them. There is nothing to fear. All the best!
Unite&fightdammit (1 month ago)
@Deborah Sharona as you can see this can become long winded that's why I said this isn't the place for this.
SOMHLOLO DLAMINI (2 days ago)
No matter where u from as long as yu are black yu are an African and you don't need permission from anyone to visit Africa
Soul Lady Resa (8 days ago)
Excellent cause and generous women helping others. The ancestors are cheering you all for your fortitude. This is the kind of publicity the black community needs to circulate. Good solid meaningful news!
janey dope (9 days ago)
This was amazing, yet emotional, my chest is tight & I have tears ...yet in proud, proud to be a descendant of a powerful strong warrior
Ah Ha (10 days ago)
The dolphin at the end...at the tribute. How beautiful...our ancestors are here.
Ah Ha (10 days ago)
They are brilliant...how do they even know that there is a ship there? This is so touching I cried the whole time. THANK YOU.
LuxeLifestyle (18 days ago)
Reparations? Or Naw?
mills jackson (19 days ago)
Everything is staged for believers
mills jackson (19 days ago)
All of our history is written in our own DNA.. please stop being ignorant. Dont let the leaders of this world teach you nothing. Teach yourself by looking within. You always had a choice but you didnt know who you was because you looking outside for your truth.. They love bringing up slavery. They want use to view our weakest moments over and over again. You are here to move forward not revisiting and living in the past..
Syreeda Portis (20 days ago)
I pray that the part of the world who thought this was ok will never go back to it. And those part of the world who still enslaves people... please let those people go. It is immoral.
Dwayne Strickland (20 days ago)
Lovely, Educational story...just one thing...why are we considered black when we're clearly shades of brown...just my thought!!! Definitely a great story!!!
Sadie White (21 days ago)
WHY NOT GO TO: THE NATIONAL ARCHIVE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS for more information on our people!
Lysander Charles (22 days ago)
WE MUST REMEMBER THAT THE EAST EUROPEANS DID NOT CAPTURE SLAVES.AND IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE MORE GENUINE HUMAN BEINGS.
Pauline Mendes (22 days ago)
Why would anyone dislike this? Why?
TayDigital (23 days ago)
Something bothered me around the 16:00 mark with what she said about being defined by blackness. On one hand she’s right but her spirit sounded like how some blacks be sounding when they have an assimilationist mindset and hate that blackness challenges it. I hope I’m wrong but I doubt she’s pan-african.
Tippy Moody (24 days ago)
It's crazy I always have dreams I'm in a ship and its sinking and how I can never get out of the chains now I'm watching this.
Jasmine Lane (24 days ago)
Beautiful & Outstanding
Seven Billion (25 days ago)
Lol so they found like 250k ships
Jules2950 (25 days ago)
Telling Our Story not history!! (Aṣẹ)
O Neva (26 days ago)
I wonder have they searched the Mississippi River. Kudos Ladies.
Eric Jones (26 days ago)
And by they way black is the same word as plaque which is statutes all around us and has nothing to do with a plague they switched the q and g otger words they fliped it
Eric Jones (26 days ago)
Naw tell the part about the American indians that was sent to africa
seriously funny jokes (27 days ago)
They are still trying to get us to believe this bulshit
KEN MUSTAAFA (28 days ago)
Wow I would love to do this dive!
Doctor McGoveran (28 days ago)
there were tens of thosuands of ships? the spanish armada had 130 ships.done watching this imaginary history.
Shalandria Wright (28 days ago)
Never forget
sdiallo372 (28 days ago)
Get that military training and use it for good in this world...can't beat it.
Shawn The Creator (28 days ago)
Read a book for real truth!!!!!
Askelpa Rose (28 days ago)
My sisters and brothers upfullness
Few words spoken (29 days ago)
We're the 12 tribes of Israel
THE BONEKRUSHER SMITH (29 days ago)
You have no idea of the Joy that shall be bestowed upon you, them slaves were/are The 2 1/2 tribes of the children of Israel. Redemption is coming, our 400 years of Captivity is over, 1619-2019. Read Genesis 15: 13-14 !
lana Darden (29 days ago)
😭such a beautiful documentary 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Kelvin Lacewell (29 days ago)
Truly thee ""AWAKENING"" has begun📽🙅
Debi Barrington (29 days ago)
"To help people rekon with this history" ..you cant rekon with evil and it was a pure evil..God will rekon with it and he has trees with leaves lining his river to heal us all from this evil here
Annique M (29 days ago)
This.... is THEE most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! Powerful!!
horus44102 (29 days ago)
But even with this knowledge we have joined yheir army and have done to other what they have done to us.
Tawanya Lynch (29 days ago)
😭😭😭
Casey Joe (30 days ago)
Thank you recieved powerful and beautiful offering giving
Shervetta Porter (1 month ago)
This was so beautiful to watch. Thank you for sharing this. May God bless and protect those people!
El Shaaddi (1 month ago)
Before your so-called slavery there was Indian Slavery throughout the Americas
mj the gamer (1 month ago)
We are Hebrews
runwitvision (1 month ago)
If yall really believe the foolishness of slavery then yall are all slow.
Aubz N (1 month ago)
Thank you to all your beautiful souls. My family and people never should have made these injustices but thank you for bringing peace to lost souls in a way we never could. 🙏🏼
Crusty Cobs (1 month ago)
Great story and research.
Deirah Laney (1 month ago)
Wish the African descent would refuse to adopt the moral decay of the western Culture where they were enslaved and choose Godly morals as He continues to lift them above this tragedy. He will bring Healing and Victory
Deirah Laney (1 month ago)
To train other people
Anthony Curtis (1 month ago)
I wonder if all African Americans are descendents of slave's?
Big Twain CEO (1 month ago)
Check out Lupe song called Waves trust me it goes with video!
Tony Jackson (1 month ago)
Incredible video
TRUST LIFE (1 month ago)
This is not true these ships we’re not even big enough to carry these many people we we’re already in America!!!
Jay Quan (1 month ago)
This is part of that seems like you don't understand what Dane has been showing you lol
ANTHONY WILLIAMS (1 month ago)
Our history is in the America's... It's always been in the America's we go back to 900 B.C. OUR history was stolen after 1492... We are the Lost Ten Tribes of Yesireal... Descendants of the OLMEC, TOLTEC, INCANS, MAYANS,AND THE AZTEC'S... The Promised Lands...The people on those ships weren't Africans and yes they did end up in South America HAYAH HAYAH will redeem us all...
Sincere Oneson (1 month ago)
@6:30, you can't even learn from your own history for racism?
Mister Marqos (1 month ago)
Who are you? Your a descendant of the Ancient Israelite. A chosen people by Yah.
edward arsiaga (1 month ago)
Now Im confused did they take them or did they voluntarily go. How do you jus take 12 million people.
CHOSEN JUDAHiTESS (1 month ago)
The Spiritual Connection Of The Terror Our Ancestors Felt Drowning Compounded On Being Bound In Chains.😭 I Can Feel It.
Diane Price Banks (1 month ago)
That slave trip was not the origin story for Africans in America. Please stop putting out that false narrative. And if you don't know then go research the native Americans. OMG "Black" and calling ourselves Black is a social construct we, black Americans assigned ourselves to unify our nation. You can't be upset that Africans in African don't all call themselves black. It's something we created to separate ourselves from Africa and identify ourselves here in America. That was ignorant of us at the time but we was trying to find ourselves. Just get the history straight. That's all I'm asking.
I. Dash (1 month ago)
Because the cargo was humans who were considered beasts of burden, this is why it's taken so long to bring up their wreckage from the seas. Thank you to all the divers and the projects that are going into this effort. It is a moral and spiritual imperative to tell these stories, especially to the African diaspora and particularly to the ADOS. The more we honor and acknowledge those who came before us, the better off we and our descendants are going to be.
KuttyJoe (1 month ago)
That was kind of hard to watch. I'm glad they're doing what they do.
Nana Yaw (1 month ago)
Righteous Africa💚
Cataleya Pyro (1 month ago)
Most “African Americans” were already in the America’s before any Europeans were.
Darius Williamson (27 days ago)
Izzuz Yasharalite Ahyash Yahawah facts we been on this land my ancestors is the black hawk tribe in rock island IL . Living hear now so what that tells you
Izzuz Yasharalite Ahyash Yahawah (1 month ago)
I wouldnt say most but some were here before the European and alot of us came on ships
Darius Williamson (1 month ago)
I’m native . 💯 I’m black
Darius Williamson (1 month ago)
Facts
kaneika middleton (1 month ago)
Thank you, they need to know this
GT 4real (1 month ago)
This is productive yet not enough to give me wealth in prosperity of peace
buddy hill (1 month ago)
I would love to Dive with them❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💚🖤💚❤️💚
raziyaswanart (1 month ago)
Wow!!!! I am speechless!!
Rich Mc (1 month ago)
This is a much warranted and NEEDED slap in the face of reality to you ABOS who say we're Indians and didn't come from Slave ships from Africa! I hope y'all STOP denying history and the evidence now.
Stanlayy7000 (1 month ago)
Seems that a sizeable percentage of Black Americans are under what I call a mass psychosis. We've spent too long espousing "feel good" doctrines that twist reality and cause major confusion. The Abo movement I would put in this category until I prove otherwise to myself. Believe me I've researched but I am not convinced.
Tez Da Queen (1 month ago)
God Bless all of you... This is so touching. So beautiful... God is good. The Universe is on your side...❤
KonI AmiN (1 month ago)
Nothing wrong with realizing and saying you not black enough to expand.. You would do it to respect yo other half..
Victoria Cunningham (1 month ago)
I love this ! 🥰
Dawn Duckson (1 month ago)
I’m surprised and excited that they are two beautiful black women.
Lyric W. (1 month ago)
😪❤️✊...........
Love Jones (1 month ago)
Knowledge is strength. Learn for yourselves sisters & brothers because a lot of the slavery-related stuff makes us uncomfortable and we become ignorant. Suffer through the discomfort to gain the wisdom of our ancestors. If we don’t learn from it, they will have suffered for nothing. ♥️
Good Boye (1 month ago)
Awesome
Tiani Chanel (1 month ago)
That dolphin that popped up a the ceremony was beautiful. What a sunset 🌅
The Truth about Africa hurts (1 month ago)
Hahahahaha, if your ancestors died on the crossing, you don’t exist
Stanlayy7000 (1 month ago)
If two relatives were brought here on ships and one survived and the other didn't than that would mean that an ancestor died on the voyage correct?
Tapsiru Saccoh (1 month ago)
The ancestors are proud of you guys kings and queens 👸🤴
Andre Lypher (1 month ago)
National geographic is all liars, there are no slave ships, we from america, stop letting them tell you you from Africa, America is our land!!!!!
Positive Praise Promoter (1 month ago)
Thank you for this video. I believe the dolphin was our ancestors saying THANK YOU FOR NOT FORGETTING ABOUT US🥰
Sakhile Mahlalela (1 month ago)
If only such videos and projects could go viral.. Thank you to all who were involved.
King Siddiq (1 month ago)
How do u know what ship that was in order to put the correct plaque on it? And just because you found shackles does not mean it was heading to America with those individuals. Does it? It's funny the history channel is now promoting the slave trade story. They are trying to derail the way indigenous American movement. They don't want us to look at those records.
King Siddiq (1 month ago)
I don't think that you are taking into account that Europeans where in Africa taking people long before they had the rights to travel this part of the world. So yes you might find a ship off the coast of Africa. Does not mean that those people where brought to America. Let's take a look at the paperwork from that time. What does the records say. Smh. I am indigenous to America. That can be proven.
Alexandra Staples (1 month ago)
First of all we were not Africans on that ship we were and we are the Israelites and they knew this the Africans sold us into slavery to the English men the Arabs also enslaved we are the true Israeliteswe are the Israelites who were on the slave ship if we knew our to history which is in the Bible if you just read Deuteronomy 28 then you will understand but we must first stop calling ourselves because we are Israelites from the tribe of Judah we continue to deny Our heritage by calling ourselves another how do you think that makes the most high feel when we are his chosen we are scattered among the Nations we are all over the world as it is, wake up Israelites stop denying your heritage and who you are the Bible is our birth and heritage our forefathers are Abraham Isaac and Jacob who our Father renamed Israel we are the children of and the same lineage that our savior was born out of, know your true identity and your biblical heritage we are Israel from the tribe of Judah
40 Kutt (1 month ago)
I’m 26 years old an my whole life I tried to figure out an ask why did this happen to us NOBODY could give me an answer an nobody seem concerned until 4 years ago the most high revealed it.. I am a Hebrew Israelite who’s ancestors disobeyed the father he warned US in Deuteronomy the 28th chapter we’ve been cursed as a nation for disobedience but the time is near for everything he promised our nation.. every other nation before us will fall an WE will rule the earth in righteousness there is a spiritual war going on before our eyes you just have to be humble enough to see it 🙏🏽
A Carmichael (28 days ago)
All praises!!
Journey2 Christ's kingdom (1 month ago)
👀...🙄🤦‍♀️
Renaissance Affair (1 month ago)
Read Deuteronomy of the King James Bible you will understand and see why
Journey2 Christ's kingdom (1 month ago)
Accuracy detected!
dareal2 Huncho (1 month ago)
Just like saying ur African American we are far lost on who we are but the Bible is ur history book so-called black folks according to the Bible so-called black folks wrote the Bible also so-called black folks are the descendents of Christ when the Roman's killed our ancestors and elders that took our knowledge of who we are because the young only no what they teach us at that time witch leads into today mordern slavery keep a slave a slave read the Welly Lynch story and other documents of there history. The Bible tells everything we need to no about us life and history
Magic Handz (1 month ago)
🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Angela Terrell (1 month ago)
Kudos to these divers.
Un Redacted (1 month ago)
were they transporting copper colored peoples from the Americas into Africa? is the middle passage story told in reverse?
Conjure Queen (1 month ago)
Did they ever find the slave ships?
Shane Noel (1 month ago)
What is up with that music?  Very annoying!  I'm changing the channel.
Dyson Golf (1 month ago)
Amazing Documentary!!!!  LOve it!!!!
Shemuel Israel (1 month ago)
We are the original Hebrews Deuteronomy 28:68 Slave Ships.
Praying Princess (1 month ago)
I would love to take their diving lessons and go on diving adventures with them💯💖🙌🏾
el dwdubu (1 month ago)
This touched my heart, thanks NG!
C (1 month ago)
Beautiful
ldyluv6988 (1 month ago)
Truly inspiring and amazing! Thank you National Geographic!💗🙌🏾🙌🏾
n l (1 month ago)
This angers me extremely how dare you think it’s okay to do this to my people or people in general and some have the nerve to think we should brush it off. I don’t hate no group of people but I’m never going to be okay with the way my ancestors were done NEVER! We are the children of Israel . I do know that the true people of the Bible.
Ms. T P (1 month ago)
Thank you 💚
Passion Flower (1 month ago)
The bible calls us ISRAELITES. WE MAKE UP THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL.
oshea israel (1 month ago)
Yeah because we're Israelites and those canninite (Africans) knew that
Starla KS (1 month ago)
We suffer from slavery to this day! But no reparations for our people.😤🤐
O'lynn M (1 month ago)
The number one problem get rid of the churches who worship a false Jesus. The Bible is the biggest lie in history.
Hadassah Yah 1st Peter 4 (1 month ago)
Deuteronomy 28:68