Part of the African American Maritime Heritage program at PortSide NewYork.
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About the AMISTAD
In 1839, Mende captives from Sierra Leone took control of the ship Amistad. They were unable to navigate back to Africa, and their ship was captured and towed into New London, Connecticut. The Mende were faced with slavery or execution, and their cause was taken up by many residents in Connecticut. U.S. Circuit and District courts ruled in favor of the Mende. This case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court; and in 1841, this court agreed with the lower court decisions and the Mende captives were ordered freed. Today, the replica Amistad is the flagship ambassador of Connecticut.