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Amistad slave ship replica continues epic journey.

A REPLICA of the 19th-century slave ship, Amistad, set sail for London yesterday on the latest leg of an epic 14,000-mile journey, retracing the route of the slave trade. The ship left the US in June and arrived in Britain last month, docking in the major slave ports of Liverpool and Bristol during the Amistad Atlantic Freedom Tour.

In 1839, 53 slaves mutinied on board the ship and were captured, but won freedom in a historic legal battle with the US government.

Its arrival in the UK commemorates the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade within the British Empire. Yesterday it set off from Bristol's Floating Harbour towards the Bristol Channel, where it will then head to London's Canary Wharf. The ship will dock for a few days before visiting Portugal, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The voyage retraces the slave "triangle", which saw European merchants export goods to West Africa, where they would be exchanged for slaves.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2007
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