Runaway slaves who fled to St. Augustine, Florida, were granted freedom by the Spanish for political reasons. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. visits Fort Mose in Florida, site of the first free black settlement. This video is an excerpt from Episode One, The Black Atlantic, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Premiere Date: October 22, 2013 | Runtime: 00:03:44
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This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to todaywhen America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.