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President Van Buren Intervenes

Despite existing laws which would have required a different outcome, President Van Buren was concerned that the rights of Spain be protected since the Amistad captives were now the "property" of Spanish subjects.  The United States had a treaty with Spain which covered, among other things, property rights.

This image depicts page 24 of A History of the Amistad Captives:  Being a Circumstantial Account of the Capture of the Spanish Schooner Amistad.  This part of the books explains how the case got to the Supreme Court (and why President Van Buren intervened in the legal proceedings).

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Media Credits

Image depicting page 24 from A History of the Amistad Captives:  Being a Circumstantial Account of the Capture of the Spanish Schooner Amistad, Compiled by John W. Barber. It was published, in 1840, by E.L and J.W. Barber (in New Haven, Connecticut).  

Image online, courtesy Library of Congress.

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