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These Divers Search For Slave Shipwrecks and Discover Their Ancestors | National Geographic ctm magazine

Meet a group of vibrant scuba divers determined to find, document and positively identify slave shipwrecks.
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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.

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  • National Geographic on August 18, 2019

    This community of divers is reconnecting with their heritage in a unique way. What intrigues you the most about their exploration?

  • Walter Richardson, Jr. on January 24, 2021

    Very powerful video about a subject matter this country wants keep in the closet. Thanks for sharing ✊🏿

  • Princess Stokes on February 21, 2021

    Their Spirits Still Lives On!!! Thank you Africa America!!! Much much Knowledge to everyone of you!!! & lots & lots of Love.

  • Alfredo Johannes on February 22, 2021

    Wow!. Just wow.

  • Luna Lea on February 23, 2021

    In the wonderful/ beautiful words of Dr. Maya Angelou, "and still we rise"!🏺🙏🏾

  • Jojoyah_123 on February 27, 2021

    I wonder if "others" realize how emotional this slave trade is still to many blacks in the Diaspora. I am watching this video and tears are rolling down my face. IT STILL HURTS.

  • rome matt on March 3, 2021


  • Woodman 3617 on March 7, 2021

    I truly believe we did not come from africa how come we are the most creative people on earth the most athletic people on earth the most gifted people on earth the most immatated

  • Lawrence Brown on March 7, 2021


  • Manny Fhresh on March 15, 2021

    "Part of a larger story but these are all actors 100%

  • L WGG on March 28, 2021

    OR … They could look for modern-day slave ships.

  • Kenny Stone on March 28, 2021

    Why doesn't anyone acknowledge that Africans sold each other into slavery and how Africans captured their own people and sold them into slavery not only to Europeans, but to the Spanish people first!! Isabella the first and 2nd were the first to engage in the African slave trade!!

  • John Striker Tamayak on April 1, 2021

    Can these proud African American people educate other Black Americans about culturally appropriation? so many of them are erasing my Ancestors by claiming they were here before Columbus. This ridiculous movement is actually anti black, stop hijacking my Olmec Ancestors!

    By the way they don't believe that Africans came in boats.

  • ECduzitgood on April 7, 2021

    Have they discovered any Barbary slave trade ships?

  • ECduzitgood on April 7, 2021

    Who sold the slaves?

  • Maxine Fowler on April 23, 2021

    Wow nice!

  • King Blaque on April 27, 2021


  • Gideon Opu on April 30, 2021

    Nobody can successfully sustain an argument on the number of persons captured during the era of the slave trade. This is because there was less documentation, many folks didn't really care about that. It was just a rush business, survival of the fittest ( weak masters could be killed by their slaves running for their lives).

    Many died on the way, and disposed into deep waters.
    Those who managed to reach their destination were sold, there masters came from different parts of the world.

    Their were many merchants. Some peddlers were very rich and influential, with well built ships, while others carried rickety ships without caring for the lives of their captives( after all they were worthless).
    Some slaves were bought for labour, others simply for fun. Many women were raped, some became pregnant and gave birth to children of missed skin shades, their were also cases of master -slave love affair between both males and females.
    The whole idea of slavery lasted far more Centuries than is being admitted. The boom only peaked when more merchants unraveled how to explore the Coast of Africa. The African race has really endured tough conditions.

  • Grey Ghosts CSA on May 4, 2021

    National Geographic used to be a credible institution. They now are caught up in the black black black obsession that America is stricken with.

  • Blake Weeks on May 11, 2021

    Genealogy is key family….we didn't all come over on a ships, some of us have our family documents showing we are from America. Ask your family now so its easier to do your genealogy

  • Marsha Brooks on May 12, 2021

    I am learning why kanye said slavery was a choice! We didn't come from ships! We were here! Slavery was a bunch of bad LAND DEALS! Slavery didn't start until the development of prisons and civil rights!!! Why did they Destroy over 25 "black wallstreets"? My 99 year old granny told me her parents and grandparents were landowners

  • Marsha Brooks on May 12, 2021

    Cmon this don't make sense

  • KiMuntuKiKuyuStar87 on May 17, 2021

    I can’t imagine how this must feel for them 😭

  • Redhed Hik-chik on June 15, 2021


  • Ohhhiya Rea on June 19, 2021

    Honestly should be a course in college but I chose perfect day to discovery this video & thank you diver for doing this

  • Ty Thomas on June 19, 2021

    Lord have mercy 😔

  • Crouching tiger hidden nigga on July 17, 2021

    This is why america owes us, the descendants of slaves reparations

  • ivory King 🤴🏻 on July 27, 2021

    Why are black people so obsessed with slavery?

  • Shun-Corey Wood on August 7, 2021

    It's definitely not our history books that's why it doesn't have our history in it

  • Karl Savoury on August 11, 2021

    If you believe that the middle passage is the origin story of so called African Americans then the racist US education shitstem works…

  • MIdlands JJ on August 14, 2021

    4 million slaves were sent to Brazil alone! This number is hard to even wrap my head around!

  • Miss American Aboriginal on August 15, 2021

    Y’all gonna keep searching because you won’t find anything. We’re aborigines.

  • C. R. M. on August 31, 2021


  • ROOT LADY on September 11, 2021

    This literally had me in a rollercoaster of emotions tears,dear God this is a powerful calling and I'm glad to see that our Ancestors are not forgotten…and yes we must found our own stories,people and truths..just moved to Florida and I'm going to learn to dive myself..this trully touched my very soul.💜👁👁👁Ase'

  • Jason M on September 18, 2021

    Interesting. Will they look into how Afircans and Arabs sold people into slavery, and then occupied Southern Europe for over 700 years?

  • jim Kingswood on September 21, 2021

    not every black in America are from Africa or descendants of slaves?

  • ArtWorks Studio on October 4, 2021

    I just discovered my family was the largest and wealthiest slave holding dynasty in the history of Great Britain. Not good not good at all

  • AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVER! on October 30, 2021

    Sad world, so much death and destruction in every country.

  • DevTheLoner on November 1, 2021


  • welfare office on November 4, 2021

    Tel LIE Vision,,,,

  • fatimah Grier on November 11, 2021

    This is another thing they don’t tell us .. and again there more need to be tould … so called Africans American are from the 12 tribes of Judah

  • Barton Seagrave on November 22, 2021

    Could you do a video on the Arab Slavers on the East Coast which was even bigger and also included African Slavers.

  • Candi Purple on November 26, 2021

    I’m so determined to learn and how to swim then scuba dive . This is so beautiful

  • L E O on December 23, 2021

    Thank you for sharing! I’m proud to be a black historian who will make sure my ancestors are never forgotten.

  • oh on December 28, 2021


  • LaLa Johnson on January 7, 2022

    Not forgotten, your suffering was not forgotten…..this is the kind of critical race theory kids need. I watched Roots with my mom and lived in a diverse hood from Chicago…

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