R | | Drama, History
In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) is a fictional creation. In real-life, it was Josiah Willard Gibbs, Sr. (Austin Pendleton), a Yale professor of theology and sacred literature, who discovered James Covey, the Mende sailor who served as a translator for the Amistad captives. As ... ...
That one wants us to sail them back. That one thinks he can sail all the way back without us.
Ruiz and Montes were not ordered arrested by Judge Coglin as part of his verdict; the abolitionist lawyers had charged them with assaulting their clients. They were found guilty and sentenced to prison while the main case was pending.
The events depicted did not historically occur at Fort El Morro
English, Mende, Spanish, Portuguese
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