Amistad Case Study

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The outcome of the movie, Amistad, was the Supreme Court recognized the Africans as free because they were illegally captured and sold. The Amistad Case was very important because it influenced the abolitionist movement and proved that many influential people in the United States were in favor of abolishing slavery on the whole. With the help of Edward Tappin, an abolitionist leader, they obtained the services of an attorney Roger S. Baldwin of Connecticut to defend the Africans by proving the origin of the Africans and eventually claim them as free.
In 1839, fifty-three illegally purchased Africans were being transported from Cuba on the ship, La Amistad. The Africans were shackled and chained, then packed in an unsanitary, overcrowded slave ship, and exposed to inhuman treatment, on the Portuguese owned ship. The Africans felt inferior and started to get angry that they were being treated as so even though they were free Africans. As tensions rose even more of the Africans on the ship, they revolted against the ship owners and crew, resulting in the deaths of the captain and cook of the ship. Although, the Africans spared the lives of two Spaniards so they can help them navigate the ship back to Africa. Eventually, the Africans have discovered land. They think that they have arrived in their home:
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The Amistad case was a property case. In other words, the debate of the case is where the Africans came from because knowing this information will seek their status of freedom. During the time of this case, the Atlantic Slave Trade was illegal; the trading of slaves by water was illegal. Authority and law is tied to lan, meaning that no one country rules the oceans; there are limited rules and limited authority. The Portuguese tested the authority from the oceans that declared the Atlantic Slave Trade illegal and brought the slaves from

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