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The athletic and resolute chief mate

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The athletic and resolute chief mate, hearing that the  San Dominick  and its valuable cargo are free  for the taking, leads a willing party against the blacks, who have no weapons other than hatchets. He  calls to the Spanish boys aloft in the slave ship and has them cut the sails loose; the ship becomes  unmanageable. In ensuing volleys, Atufal and three Spaniards fall dead. The mate leads the sealers aboard. Hand-to-hand combat moves from gunwales to a barricade of  casks and sacks. The Americans overtake the revolting blacks, except for nearly twenty who are  killed in the battle. By midnight, the surviving slaves are returned to custody and the Spanish trader  towed to harbor. Within two days, the two ships sail for Concepcion, Chile, and then on to Lima,  Peru. A vice-regal court investigates the matter. Cereno, suffering a relapse shortly before reaching 
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