Freedom In The Amistad

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In order to understand the development of the Amistad case, an evaluation of the slave trade and laws outlawing the slave trade will be needed. The Transatlantic slave trade was the transportation of, “10 million and 12 million enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas from the 16th to the 19th century” (Lewis 1). This began in the late 14th and 15th century with Portugal's use of African slaves for sugar plantations located on the Cape Verde, Madeira, and Caribbean islands in the eastern Atlantic.Continued by the Dutch, English, and French in the 1600s and 1700s. And ended by European and American countries in the beginning of the 19th century. Before the 1600s no more than approximately 10,000 Africans
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At the beginning of the film, Cinque was on the Amistad pulling a nail from the wooden floors of the ship. The release of the nail symbolizes the start of their freedom. The release of the nail freed the Africans from their chains and brought them hope. They all fought together for their freedom and killed all but two of their captures. The release of the sword after killing one of the crew members shows that they are taking control of their lives and freedom. No matter the consequences, they will fight for their freedom as long as they have…show more content…
One example of this would be that the ship of slaves were being illegally traded across the world, which is why in the of the film it was the reason why they were sent home. Another notable case of this is in the Declaration of Independence, it states that all men are created equal, as for slaves, they were treated an an inferior class, working for someone with higher authority and nothing could be done because nobody would listen to a slave. On top of that, most slaves did not even know the english language, so they had no say in society

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