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The slave deck of the bark “Wildfire,” brought into Key West on April 30, 1860
The Wildfire carried 510 captives on this voyage from Africa, near the Congo River, to slave markets in the United States. The ship was not filled to its capacity of 1000. Although importing slaves to the United States was prohibited by law in 1808, the slave trade continued for many years.
The Wildfire was intercepted by an American steamer and brought to port at Key West. The African captives were eventually freed. Charges were brought against the captain and crew of the Wildfire, but they were found not guilty, despite being caught red-handed.
Illustration in Harper’s Weekly, June 2, 1860
Library of Congress
Letter from Mahatma Gandhi to Adolf Hitler, July 23rd, 1939.