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As early as the 1600’s, enslaved men and women were brought to Bermuda on ships in route to the southern states of the United States. They worked mostly in the the maritime and tobacco industry, but often fought back and rebelled.

During Bermuda’s period of enslavement, Black men and women would come together in the wee hours of the morning to build their own structures and community buildings. While it was all illegal, they never stopped creating and laying the bricks that would later inspire Black Bermudians of present day.

Did You Know Roughly 60 percent of Bermudians have African ancestry; many are descendants of enslaved persons from the West Indies and West Africa brought here during the 18th Century.

Not too long ago, Bermuda tourism officials announced an ambitious goal of doubling the number of black travelers to the island by 2025.

The announcement by tourism officials was publicized after a report revealed that African-American spent nearly $63 billion on tourism in 2018.