Welcome to Exploring Amistad
Mystic Seaport's site explores the Amistad Revolt of 1839-1842 and how we make history of it. This local site has been adapted to give you a taste of what is available. For more information you have to go online. The links are available at the bottom of the page.
The Amistad Revolt was a shipboard uprising off the coast of Cuba that carried itself, inadvertently but fatefully, to the United States--where the Amistad Captives set off an intense legal, political, and popular debate over the slave trade, slavery, race, Africa, and ultimately America itself.
The website also gathers resources to open up and explore this history. The heart of the web site is the Library which contains thousands of pages from over 500 primary documents including court documents, journal entries, and newspaper stories. Each can be viewed in the original print or handwriting or in transcription. All texts are available for searching.
Teaching contains curricular adaptations designed for use both in and outside of the classroom. For a helpful overview of the entire website, view the Site Map.
Exploring Amistad was created by Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea. For more information about the development of this web site, see their project overview.