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February 24, 1841: Argument before the Supreme Court in the Case of United States v. Cinque

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John Quincy Adams

February 24, 1841

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February 24, 1841: Argument before the Supreme Court in the Case of United States v. Cinque

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In 1839 59 African captives who were illegally captured revolted and took control of the Spanish ship La Amistad on which they were traveling outside of Cuba. A United States navy ship seized La Amistad off of Long Island and took the Africans to Connecticut where they fought the Spanish request to be returned to Spain as property of the country. Roger Sherman Baldwin and John Quincy Adams won this landmark case for the Africans, who eventually were able to return to Africa.

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