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    Rare Account of the Amistad Captives

    [Amistad Captives]. A True History of the African Chief Jingua and His Comrades. With a Description of the Kingdom of Mandingo, and the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants. An Account of King Sharka, of Gallinas. A sketch of the Slave Trade and Horrors of the Middle Passage: with the Proceedings on Board the "Long, Low, Black Schooner," Amistad. Published at Hartford, New York, and Boston, for the Booksellers, 1839.

    Octavo. Disbound. 28 pages. Four wood engravings.

    Remnants of binder's super and glue holding along spine. Very minor dampstaining. Very good.

    In 1839 the west African Jingua (better known as Joseph Cinqué, or Sengbe Pieh) was captured by African slavers and eventually brokered to Portuguese slave traders and transported to Cuba. Cinqué and other Africans were purchased by Spanish traders and placed on a ship called the Amistad. The Africans managed to take control of the ship, and two months later the Amistad was seized by the USS Washington and the Africans imprisoned to await trial for mutiny. Before the famous court case of 1841, the Africans of the Amistad became a cause célèbre, inciting the American abolitionists, as well as those fighting to enforce the illegal but obviously very de facto Atlantic slave trade. This pamphlet is one of the first chronicles of the events of the Amistad, and one of the very few documents bearing the early publication date of 1839. The single full-page illustration is a striking image of the African King Sharka.

    One other copy recorded is in the collection of the Worcester Public Library. Both that copy as well as this have the final page misprinted as 32 instead of 28.


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