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Amistad Revolt

On July 1, 1839, Joseph Cinquè led a revolt against the crew of La Amistad. Cinquè spared the lives of Don Jose Ruiz and Don Pedro Montes so that the Spaniards could navigate the ship back to Africa, presumably to Sierra Leone. Ruiz and Montes instead steered the vessel toward the northwest, reaching Long Island, New York on August 24, 1839. Thirty-nine Mende-speaking men and women were imprisoned for murder and piracy. Their trial lasted for two years and garnered international attention. The Supreme Court ruled in their favor and on November 27, 1841 Cinquè and 34 African men and women began their voyage back to Sierra Leone.

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