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AMISTAD Amistad is a recreation of the true story about a 1839 slave revolt on a small Spanish schooner La Amistad ironically the Spanish word for friendship Spielberg does a great job in recreating the Amistad revolt that spurred a series of trials beginning in the lower courts of Connecticut and ultimately ending in the Supreme Court Events following the revolt raise controversial questions about slavery and freedom This case not only marks a milestone for Abolitionists in their fight against slavery but it also questioned the natural laws of our Constitution Leading up to the trial of the Africans Spielberg illustrates the horrors the slaves endured as they were captured and taken from their homes It is very distressing to see the cruelty that was imposed on the slaves as they were captured The slaves were shackled and chained then packed in an unsanitary overcrowded slave ship and exposed to inhuman treatment on the Portuguese slaver Tecora as it makes its way through the Middle Passage towards Cuba Although a third of the slaves died aboard the Tecora before it reached its destination those that survived the trip were eventually auctioned into slavery in Havanna Cuba The revolt on the slave ship Amistad resulted in the deaths of the captain and cook of the ship The Africans did spared the lives of two Spaniards who were needed to help navigate the ship back to Africa The Africans had control of the Amistad for only a short time before it was seized by the US Army capturing the Africans and forcing them to face a trial on charges of murder and mutiny This trial marked the beginning of a court case that dramatically challenged our judicial system The Abolitionists play a big part in the outcome of this trial Abolitionists to enhance strong public emotion against slavery begin publicizing the horror stories and brutalities of slavery They
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