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African Legacy and the San Francisco America's Cup Race ~ September 2013
The exciting news of renewed interest in the significant African contribution to greatest maritime competition in the world ~ America's Cup is good. Fee honest scholars and international educators find resource funding or multi-year grants to highlight the salient contribution to the forward flow of humanity contributed by people of African ancestry in California, save those who are happy to ignore or discount primary source documentation. The 150th Anniversary of the Port of San Francisco and 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation may provide a new way forward, healing what is hurting our communities in the backdrop of the America's Cup ~ September 2013
San Francisco Maritime National Park ~ California Maritime Academy
The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916 at part of the Department of Interior, every National Park is scheduled for free events honoring Founder’s Day. San Francisco is showcasing to the world, the amazing legacy of the Barbary Coast... hidden from view is the salient contributions of people of African ancestry.
The United States was the first country in the world formally protect and preserve significant places as National Parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. Today, the National Park Service cares for nearly 400 national parks throughout the country and U.S. territories. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn something.
People of African ancestry, both free and enslaved play a significant salient role in the legacy of the 100 Guinea Cup renamed the America’s Cup during the Age of Sail.
The America's Cup winner continues to earn more revenue for its venue than any other sport on earth, including the Olympics.
Sail technology and the most prestigious international maritime competition history is based upon the enslavement of people of African ancestry. Britain's entry into the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and exploitation of the British colonies throughout the America’s and Caribbean helped facilitate maritime excellence and laws that continue to guide the International Maritime Organization today.
The 100 Guinea Cup was the name of an elaborate silver cup representing international maritime excellence dominated for year's by the British. A British America design concept, named America, believed to be constructed by free and enslaved Africans at the Port of Baltimore dominated the 1851 contest in England, facilitated the change name to The America’s Cup by the New York Yacht Club, preserving that stunning victory.
The Port of Baltimore and most Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico Ports created Negro Seamen Acts, a set of various laws intent to restrict free maritime sailors and ship captains of African ancestry, provided an exodus of highly skilled maritime seamen to Mexican California prior to the Gold Rush and US Statehood for California, September 9, 1850.
Today, the contributions of free and enslaved people of African ancestry as part of the San Francisco Maritime History is beginning to see the light of day. California Maritime Academy is opening the doors of opportunity to people of African ancestry with a keen eye on expanding California ~ Pan African Diaspora Maritime Trade and Commerce.
The iron ore exported from Negroland/Guinea West Africa remains the essential material for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. The technological advances in mathematical computation essential for the Silicon Valley finances of the host venue again is an African construct. The vast potential for expanded mutually beneficial trade and commerce is finally on the horizon, in a good way.
African Legacy ~ America’s Cup 2013 ~ San Francisco Maritime History will unfold this September during the 150th Anniversary of the Port of San Francisco, 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, it is time to celebrate.