The Amistad Slave Rebellion

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On July 2, 1839, 53 captive Africans aboard the Amistad, a slave schooner, broke out of their chains and stealthily snuck up to the main deck, where they killed two crewmembers and disarmed the rest. Having thus seized control of the ship, they attempted to sail back to their homeland, only to be deceived into heading north instead of east.

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