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Amistad's OrphansAn Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling$
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Benjamin N Lawrance

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198454

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198454.001.0001

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The Journeys of Amistad’s Orphans

The Journeys of Amistad’s Orphans

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Amistad's Orphans

Benjamin N. Lawrance

Yale University Press

This chapter employs the journeys of Amistad's orphans as a vehicle to distinguish myth from reality as part of investigating the complexity of child mobility in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. It presents two arguments. First, the adult journeying narratives overshadow the complexity of children's mobility in relation to the illicit Atlantic nineteenth-century slave trade. Second, the histories of child mobility occupy discrete spaces, such as serving in a ship's crew or unaccompanied migration. The journeying of Amistad's orphans, as situated by the mobility of other Atlantic Africans and statistical data from slave-trading vessels, illustrates how children traveled and moved in ways that were often concealed by adult movements.

Keywords:   Middle Passage myth, Amistad's orphans, child mobility, Atlantic slave trade, La Amistad

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