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A History of the Amistad Captives
Thirty-five Africans survived the mutiny aboard the Amistad, where they had been imprisoned as slaves

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Amistad Mutiny Survivors Freed
March 9, 1841

Under Cinqué's leadership, the mutineers spared the life of the Amistad navigator, ordering him to sail the ship back to Africa. Instead, the navigator guided the schooner northward, where it was discovered drifting off the coast of Long Island and was then dragged into New London, Connecticut, by the U.S. Navy.

President Martin Van Buren, who wanted to gain the political support of pro-slavery voters, wanted Cinqué and his followers to stand trial for mutiny, but a judge disagreed and ordered the government to escort the Africans back to their home country.

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