Leaving New York from Kennedy Airport in the early evening of May 9th, you and your fellow travelers will arrive in Amsterdam on the morning of May 10, 2021! You’ll be picked up at Schipol Airport and transported by private bus to your hotel, 15 minutes from the center of Amsterdam
After that you’ll have an entire week to enjoy what this fabulous old city has to offer! See it’s canals and architecture, great historical monuments and museums and become immersed in its friendly, welcoming and creative atmosphere.
On the other hand, you will be introduced to Black Amsterdam and discover the descendants of Africa who in most cases arrived in Europe through the triangle slave trade, between Africa, the Caribbean and then to Holland. After slavery was abolished in 1863, Blacks from the colonies of Aruba, Suriname etc.
Tour guide Jennifer Tosch, owner of Black Heritage Tours in Amsterdam, has a Phd. in History, written several books and specializes in the slave trade that helped make Amsterdam one of the wealthiest cities in the world in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries! The city of Haarlem is a 15-minute train ride from the central train station in Amsterdam. Harlem New York was named after this city and founded in 1658 after Dutch had established the colony of New Amsterdam which eventually became New York.
During your 7- day adventure, you’ll have the option of taking a half-day trip to Brussels where Ms. Tosch also runs a very interesting and informative tour featuring the Afro-Belgian community and their unique, and often brutal experience at the hands of Belgian King Leopold in the late 19th and early 20th century. He colonized, exploited and murdered millions of Africans from the Congo to achieve his economic and colonial ambitions. Today in more modern times the present and future look brighter for the vibrant Congolese communities in Belgium. The first Black mayor of Brussels, Pierre Kompany, was elected in 2018, the father of a prominent, highly celebrated soccer player for the Belgian national team.
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