Federal Court Records Relating to the Spanish Schooner "Amistad"

Federal Court Records Relating to the Spanish Schooner "Amistad"


These records contain correspondence and court documents of the Supreme Court case related to the Amistad. Claims of salvage of the ship, cargo, and slaves on board were decided by the Supreme Court in 1841. There were treaties involved, and the case was a flash point for the abolitionist movement of the time. Handwritten records of this landmark case illuminate the conflict over slavery at that time, and are good examples of the operation of the US judicial system. NARA M1753.

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    Records Relating to the Various Cases Involving the Spanish Schooner AMISTAD, 1815-1858. Records of District Courts of the United States, Record Group 21, Publication Number M1753; National Archives, Washington.

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