The Noah Project

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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Series

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Watch the full-length episode at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365103337… (US Only)
Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discusses two of the earliest Africans to arrive in the Americas—men who journeyed to this continent a century before the first “20 And Odd” Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. Juan Garrido, a black African conquistador explored present-day Florida in 1513. Twenty years later, an African explorer, known as Esteban, struggled to cross a Texas desert—just one of four survivors of a Spanish exposition that went horribly wrong. Garrido and Esteban found hope and opportunity in this new land. But things changed quickly.

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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