The Amistad Schooner

Please check the Discovering Amistad website for the ship’s current location. The Amistad is Connecticut’s flagship and a replica of the original schooner.

In 1839, a group of kidnapped African captives revolted against their captors aboard the La Amistad ship. They were eventually arrested and charged with mutiny and murder but were defended by abolitionist lawyers, including former President John Quincy Adams. The United States Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of the Africans, affirming their right to fight for their freedom and return to Africa. The Amistad trial was the first human rights trial in the US and became a symbol of the international struggle against slavery. It also acted as a catalyst for the abolitionist movement in the United States.


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