'Africa is My Home: A Child of the Amistad' by Monica Edinger
Published on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 4:30pm
I am sure that you have heard of the slave ship Amistad, and the mutiny that took place on board. But did you know that there were four children on board the ship?
Africa is My Home: A Child of the Amistad is the exciting, true story of a girl named Magulu who was on the Amistad. When Magulu was 9 years old, she was taken from her African home in Mendeland, now known as Sierra Leone. She spent seven horrible weeks at sea as a captive on board the Amistad.
Magulu and the 52 others on the ship were being sent to Cuba to be sold as slaves. She befriended the three other children on the ship, as well as Cinque, who led a great rebellion on the Amistad. Cinque demanded that the ship be returned to Africa, but the ship was captured and taken to New Haven, Connecticut, where the Africans were put on trial.
During the long trial, Magulu and the children stayed in the jail, but later they stayed with a family. She saw many new things, including snow, horses and wagons, books and mirrors. She learned how to speak, read and write English. But this did not change the fact that she was a captive in a strange land, longing for Africa, longing for home.
After a year and a half, the case of the mutiny on the Amistad went to the Supreme Court, where it was tried by John Quincy Adams. In 1841, the African captives were freed, and were permitted to go home to Africa. Imagine the joy that Magulu and her friends felt, knowing that they would finally be returning home after so long!
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