The Pan African American Travel Club celebrates the culture and history of the people of the African Diaspora. The African Diaspora being defined as people of African descent in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, and North America. The Pan African American Travel Club was developed to educate, assist and encourage cultural heritage travelers to explore the rich and vibrant cultures of Pan Africa! The Art, the Food, and the Music are unequal in there creativity and excellence! Go See Pan Africa!!
Sharing “Our Cultural Knowledge and Experiences” in the areas of Commerce, Culture, Community, Education, Influence, Knowledge, and Faith; via established business, educational, social and tourism networks. The ultimate goal being: to “Rebuild and Connect” the global people of PAN AFRICA, via the technology platforms of the internet and to use proven Cultural Economics and Heritage Tourism programs to develop Forgotten Communities, foster prosperity through business growth and job creation; and to facilitate cultural exchanges and services with other members of the African Diaspora, in partnership with the Pan African Cultural Heritage Alliance.
“We are the custodians, as well as, the heirs of a great civilization. We have given something to the world as a race, and for this, we are proud and fully conscious of our place in the total picture of mankind’s development.”
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune
Estevanico (c. 1500–1539) was one of the first native Africans to reach the present-day continental United States. He is known by many different names, but is commonly known as Esteban de Dorantes, Estebanico, and Esteban the Moor, or Mustafa Azemmouri. Enslaved as a youth by the ruling Poruguese, he was sold to a Spanish nobleman and taken in 1527 on the Spanish Narvaez expedition to establish a colony in Florida. He was one of four survivors among 300 men who explored the peninsula. By late 1528 the group had been reduced to 80 men, who survived being washed ashore at Galveston Island after an effort to sail homemade crafts across the Gulf of Mexico.
For eight years, he traveled with Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Andres Dorantes de Carranza, and Alonso del Castillo Maldonado across northern New Spain (present-day U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico). They finally reached Spanish forces in Mexico City in 1536.
Later Estevanico served as the main guide for a return expedition to the Southwest. Spaniards believe that he was killed in the Zuni city of Hawikuh in 1539. That is speculative, as the two Indians who reported back to Friar Marcos de Niza did not see him killed but only assumed he had been. Estevanico is considered a discoverer of New Mexico.
African American Culture and History is rooted in the South. More than half of the 47 Million African Americans live in the South. 85 percent of all African Americans lineage can be traced to a Southern State. For many years African-American culture developed separately from European-American culture, both because of slavery and the persistence of racial discrimination in America, as well as African-American slave descendants' desire to create and maintain their own traditions.
Today, African-American culture has become a significant part of American culture and yet, at the same time, remains a distinct cultural body. The ‘Southern Cultural Heritage Society is a Grassroot Alliance of Cultural Leaders from each of the Southern States who have come together to celebrate the Culture and Heritage of Black America in the South using Cultural Heritage Tourism and a marketing platform. The ultimate goal being, to connect the South to Pan Africa and to all People of African Descent.
The Pan African American Travel Club encourages our cultural heritage travelers to explore the African American history of these great Cities.
See Soul of America list for Cities and International Travel information.
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"The Negro traveler's inconveniences are many and they are increasing because today so many more are traveling, individually and in groups."
-Wendell P. Alston
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"The ‘Word’ has been written and it is plain. Let’s apply it to our relationships in Rebuilding the Walls and God’s People. Let those who can, help those who cannot. We seek time and talent! Our goal is to have a well founded organization by 12-12-12. Join the movement."
-Rev. Eugene Franklin
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