5 Slave Ship Uprisings Other Than Amistad

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From Atlanta Black Star

With Black people all over the world getting majority of their education from European and American-centered institutions, many may think that our African ancestors were completely submissive on the ship vessels on their way to the Americas during the Trans Atlantic slave trade. By the teachings we subject ourselves to, it could be concluded that we laid down and didn’t put up a fight at all. That is far from the truth.

The truth is, roughly 15 percent to 20 percent of the ships which left Africa never made it to the “new world.”  Thousands of vessels were overtaken by the enslaved Africans on board. During some of these takeovers, these Africans, who were sometimes warriors, rose up and killed every white man on the ship. Some of these ships were sailed back to Africa by the once captured men, thousands of the ships disappeared at sea, and some never made it far from the African shores before being overrun.

Below are 5 great examples of these revolts:

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The Creole Ship Uprising

On Oct. 27, 1841, the vessel ship the Creole sailed from Richmond, Va.,  with 135 enslaved Africans, bound for New Orleans. On board was Madison Washington, who had escaped slavery to Canada in 1840 at age 25, but was later captured and sold when he returned to Virginia in search of his wife Susan.

Unbeknown to Washington, Susan was among the captives on board the Creole. Susan had been considered the faithful servant of her mistress, and traveled to places like White Sulphur Springs and Norfolk on vacations. She was sold because her mistress believed she knew where Washington had escaped to and refused to reveal his whereabouts. Read More


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