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What major conclusions can you derive in regard to the significance of the Amistad Case In 1839 in waters off the coast of Cuba a group of forty-nine Africans ensnared in the Atlantic slave trade struck out for freedom They had been captured sold into slavery carried across the ocean sold again and they were being transported on what was for millions of Africans the last leg of the slave trade when they found the chance to seize the initiative One of them a man the world would come to know as Cinque worked free of his chains and led a shipboard revolt The vessel they won was a schooner that had been named in a grim bit of irony the Amistad Friendship The Africans tried to force two Cuban survivors to sail them back to Africa but the Amistad wound up instead in US waters just past Long Island Sound where the Africans were again taken into custody Spain promptly demanded their extradition to face trial in Cuba for piracy and murder but their plight caught the attention of American abolitionists who mounted a legal defense on the Africans behalf The case went through the American judicial system all the way up to the Supreme Court The Amistad Case became one of the most important slavery cases that the nation had ever seen A case that would not only bring different anti-slavery groups together but a case that would prove to be a corner stone in the fight against slavery It would prove to be a case that would have many influential people step in or try to including the president of the US martin Van Buren and a former president John Quincy Adams Both cases were strong and provable but it would be the Supreme Court that would have the final decision to free the slaves The Amistad Case was one of the only times when three main groups of abolitionists
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