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Unformatted text preview: Turning to the eighteenth chapter of Captain Amasa Delano's autobiography, Narrative of Voyages and Travels (1817), Melville adapted an account of the captain's capture of the Spanish slaver Tryal, which lay abandoned off Santa Maria, an uninhabited island thirty-five miles southwest of Concepcion in the northernmost province of Chile. The event, which occurred in February 1805, Melville reset in late summer six years earlier. Delano's sealer, the Perseverance, he named Bachelor's Delight. The Tryal he called the San Dominick. The Tryal, setting out in December from Valparaiso in southern Chile, to Callao, a coastal town west of Lima, Peru, was the scene of a violent rebellion of slaves, who murdered their owner and some crew members, then forced the captain, Don Benito Cereno, to pilot them to Senegal, a French republic on the west coast of Africa. The cabal ended seven weeks later after the deposed captain republic on the west coast of Africa....
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