The Amistad Incident

The Amistad Incident (HMWKG)

Location: New London, CT 06320 New London County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 21.26', W 72° 5.652'

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Galvanizing Abolitionists

In the summer of 1839, the Amistad, a Spanish coastal schooner with 39 kidnapped Africans aboard, was found in Long Island Sound and brought to New London. The captives, who had been sold into slavery in Cuba, had taken over the ship and were attempting to sail back to Africa. Following a hearing onboard the Amistad while she lay anchored off Fort Trumbull, the 39 Africans were transported by ship to New Haven for trial on charges of mutiny and murder.

After many appeals, in 1841 the US Supreme Court determined that the Amistad captives had been illegally kidnapped and were due their freedom. Creating an intense legal, political, and widespread debate, the Amistad incident galvanized the abolitionist movement.
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 4:12am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 743082 N 4582167
Decimal Degrees41.35433333, -72.09420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 21.26', W 72° 5.652'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 21' 15.60" N, 72° 5' 39.12" W
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Area Code(s)860
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 33-81 State St, New London CT 06320, US
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