A five-day period of calm intensified suffering. On August 17, the San Dominick arrived at Santa Maria, casting anchor very near Delano's ship. By six o'clock the next morning, to conceal their rebellion from Delano, Babo ordered the skeleton covered with canvas, then arranged the blacks in abject postures about the deck as though Cereno were still in charge. By seven thirty, Delano boarded. Babo, pretending to be a caring, obedient servant, remained near Cereno and directed him to seek information about the crew and arms of the Bachelor's Delight so that the Ashantis could capture it. The deposition continues, concluding with a description of the boarding battle, which ended at midnight, and Delano constraining Spanish sailors from committing atrocities against the captured blacks.
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