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The Amistad

Significance, Cinque On Trial, Further Readings


United States


Joseph Cinque, et al.

Appellant's Claim

That the slaves aboard the Amistad should be convicted of mutiny.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Harry D. Gilpin, U.S. Attorney General

Chief Lawyers for Appellees

John Quincy Adams, Roger S. Baldwin

Justices for the Court

Philip P. Barbour, John Catron, John McKinley, John McLean, Joseph Story (writing for the Court), Smith Thompson, Roger Brooke Taney, James M. Wayne

Justices Dissenting

Henry Baldwin


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

January 1841


The Court would not convict the participants in the Amistad mutiny.

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