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Unformatted text preview: AMISTAD FILM REVIEWS Joseph C. Dorsey IDIS 373, 491M Spring 2008 1/30/2008 1. LA AMISTAD HOME | BIOLOGY | FILMS | GEOGRAPHY | HISTORY | INDEX | INVESTORS | MUSIC | SOLAR BOATS | SPORT La Amistad ( Spanish : "Friendship") was a 19th-century two-masted schooner of about 120 tons' displacement. Built in the United States, La Amistad was originally named Friendship but was renamed after being purchased by a Spaniard. La Amistad became a symbol in the movement to abolish slavery, after a group of African captives aboard revolted, and were subsequently recaptured and sold into slavery, resulting in a legal battle over their legal status. The incident In 1839, Africans being carried from Havana, Cuba, to Puerto Principe, Cuba, revolted against their captors aboard La Amistad . Their transport from Africa to the Americas was illegal, and they were fraudulently described as having been born in Cuba. After the revolt, the Africans demanded to be returned home, but the ships navigator deceived them about their course, and sailed them north along the North American coast to Long Island, New York . The schooner was subsequently taken into custody by the United States Navy; and the Africans, who were deemed salvage from the vessel, were taken to Connecticut to be sold as slaves. There ensued a widely publicized court case about the ship and the legal status of the African captives. This incident figured prominently in abolitionism in the United States. See "Amistad (case)". La Amistad - replica schooner sail boat Strictly speaking La Amistad was not a slave ship in the sense that she was not designed to transport slaves, nor did she engage in the Middle Passage of Africans to the Americas. La Amistad engaged in shorter, coastal trade. The primary cargo carried by La Amistad was sugar-industry products, and her normal route ran from Havana to her home port, Guanaja. She also took on passengers and, on occasion, slaves for transport. The captives that La Amistad carried during the incident had been illegally transported to Cuba aboard the slave ship Tecora . True slave ships, such as Tecora , were designed for the purpose of carrying as many slaves as possible. One distinguishing feature was the half-height between decks , which allowed slaves to be chained down in a sitting or lying position, but which were not high enough to stand in, and thus were not suitable for any other cargo. The crew of La Amistad , lacking the slave quarters, placed half the 53 captives in the hold, and the other half on deck. quarters, placed half the 53 captives in the hold, and the other half on deck....
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course IDIS 373/4 taught by Professor Dorsey during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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