Not a U.S. slave ship…

March 29, 2010

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Replica of U.S. slave ship sails into Havana

HAVANA (Reuters) – A replica of the 19th century slave ship Amistad, made famous in a Stephen Spielberg movie, sailed into Havana Bay on Thursday with U.S. and Cuba flags flying side by side in a hopeful display of friendship.

The original Amistad set sail from Havana with captives from Sierra Leone in 1839 en route to Haiti. The Africans killed the captain and took over the ship but ended up at Long Island in New York.

The article you provided to yahoo and others about the Slave Ship Amistad came with the Headline about this this being a US slave ship…when in fact this was a Spanish owned slave ship which was hijacked and sailed to the US by its slaves.

The headline on Yahoo and I am sure other places is misleading. And with due respect it should be corrected.


The Amistad was in the ownership of a Spaniard when it operated as a slave ship. The U.S. never built nor used the ship for slave transportation purposes.

Please correct your headline as it displays either ignorance or bias, neither of which are proper attributes of a journalist.


This was not a good headline, as several readers noticed. It may be correct to call the replica a U.S. ship, but the original Amistad was not a U.S. slave ship: GBU Editor

The Schooner, “Amistad”, (Friendship) flies the U.S. flag and the Cuban flag as it approaches Havana Harbor March 25, 2010. The Schooner is a replica of the 19th century slave revolt Cuban slave ship that carried Africans and became an icon of the abolitionist movement.  REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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On top of that, Spielberg’s given name is spelled incorrectly. It’s not like he’s one of the world’s most famous directors or anything. Geez

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