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39. Amistad for All
On June 28, 1839, the Spanish ship La Amistad left Havana, Cuba, with 53 Africans who had been kidnapped from their homeland. The Africans revolted, and the ship eventually ended up in Long Island Sound. Jailed in New Haven, the Africans endured a two-year trial to determine their fate. They won their freedom in 1841. Today, the Amistad story - interpreted by Steven Spielberg in his 1997 movie - rings throughout Connecticut. Art, exhibitions - even a recreation of the ship - inspire thousands of visitors annually. Many of the stops mentioned below are part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail (www.ctfreedomtrail.com), a comprehensive list of sites on the Underground Railroad, Amistad locales, and key gravesites, monuments, and homes.
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