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| In 1839, 52 African
captives, bound for slavery in Cuba, staged a mutiny aboard the schooner
Amistad. When they were apprehended by American officials off the coast
of Long Island, it ignited a national moral debate on slavery that gave
the abolitionists a vehicle through which their voice could be heard.
The illegally captured Africans eventually won their freedom in court,
signifying a pivotal step in the eventual dismantling of the institution
The recreation of the freedom schooner Amistad -- which was begun on March 8, 1998, after years of planning, and finished on March 25, 2000 -- is a joint effort by the Amistad America Inc. organization and the maritime museum, Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. The effort is both a commemoration and a tribute to the principles of freedom and human dignity for which so many fought and died.