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The History of the American Slave Ship Wanderer and Her Enslaved Peoples
In spite of the fact that in 1808, Federal Law prohibited the importation of slaves into the United State, the beautifully appointed schooner yacht Wanderer brought approximately 400 enslaved people, men women and children from the west coast of Africa to the slave state Georgia in November, 1858, just three years before the American Civil War (1861-1865). The details of this tragic event where more than 80 Africans died during the approximately month and-a-half voyage and those that arrived sick, emaciated and desperate, were quickly sold into the system of human bondage.
This is the story of one infamous schooner, the people who were involved with her for good or ill, during her short life, and the enslaved people who suffered enslavement and death as a result.