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THE REVOLT ABOARD THE AMISTAD A very rare contemporary woodcut, 17" x 7 1/2" (sight), hand-colored, showing the revolt of slaves aboard the ill-fated slaver La Amistad. The image shows the ten slaves, four with clubs attacking Capt. Ferrer who is grievously wounded, as a frightened officer flees for his life. The image is captioned: "Death of Capt. Ferrer, the Captain of the Amistad, July, 1839 Don Jose Ruiz and Don Pedro Montez, of the Island of Cuba, having purchased fifty-three slaves at Havana, recently imported from Africa, put them on board the Amistad, Capt. Ferrer, in order to transport them to Principe, another port on the Island of Cuba. After being out from Havana about four days, the African captives on board, in order to obtain their freedom, and return to Africa, armed themselves with cane knives, and rose upon the Captain and crew of the vessel. Capt. Ferrer and the cook of the vessel were killed; two of the crew escaped; Ruiz and Montez were made prisoners", and was removed from the period book: A History of the Amistad Captives: Being a Circumstantial Account of the Capture of the Spanish Schooner Amistad By the Africans on Board, New Haven, Ct.: E.L. & J.W. Barber. A 1 /2" closed vertical tear beneath the word "Amistad", folds (as expected) and some light foxing, else very good. Double matted and framed. This is an iconic image, likely the first to depict slaves revolting against their masters to obtain their freedom. Not examined out of frame.
Estimate $ 4,000-6,000

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