The Amistad: Appellate Case File No 2161

The Amistad: Appellate Case File No 2161


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 M2012.


    On the single roll of this microfilm publication, M2012, are reproduced records relating to the lawsuit arising from the capture of the Spanish slave schooner Amistad by the US Navy. These records are from the General Records of the Department of Justice, Record Group (RG) 60; Records of the Solicitor of the Treasury, RG 206; Records of District Courts of the United States, RG 21; and Records of the Supreme Court of the United States, RG 267.

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