Join National Geographic Explorer Tara Roberts on a historic journey as she documents some of the thousand slave ships that wrecked in the Atlantic Ocean during the transatlantic slave trade and follows a group of Black divers who are dedicated to finding and helping document the wrecks. A new six-part podcast series, Into the Depths, and National Geographic Magazine explore the complex history of the global slave trade and the stories of the estimated 12.5-million Africans forced to make the Middle Passage.
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Tara sets off on the journey of a lifetime, joining divers who are searching for the wrecks of ships that carried enslaved Africans. Along the way, she delves into her own roots—and challenges her assumptions about home and belonging.

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MEET EXPLORER TARA ROBERTS

National Geographic Explorer Tara Roberts has spent the past few years following a group of Black scuba divers, historians, and archaeologists as they search for and help document slave trade shipwrecks around the world.

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NGM March Sneak Peek

Tara Roberts will be featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine. The story will profile Roberts’ journey as she travels with the divers to investigate the lost stories of the slave trade. The March issue drops online February 7.

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