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Amistad's Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling

Benjamin N Lawrance

Abstract

The lives of six African children, ages nine to sixteen, were forever altered by the revolt aboard the Cuban schooner La Amistad in 1839. Like their adult companions, all were captured in Africa and illegally sold as slaves. In this fascinating revisionist history, the author reconstructs six entwined stories and brings them to the forefront of the Amistad conflict. Through eyewitness testimonies, court records, and the children's own letters, the author recounts how their lives were inextricably interwoven by the historic drama, and casts new light on illegal nineteenth-century transatlantic ... More

Keywords: La Amistad, Africa, African children, captured children, slaves, slave children, transatlantic slave smuggling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300198454
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300198454.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin N Lawrance, author
Rochester Institute of Technology