Sengbe Pieh

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From the U.S. Library of Congress we learn the following biographical information about Senge (who was sold in Cuba, after transport on the "Middle Passge," and then forced aboard a ship called La Amistad):

Sengbe Pieh (also known as Cinquez) was captured in his twenties from a village called Mani in West Africa.  While on board the ship, Amistad, which set sail [from Cuba] in June of 1839, Sengbe Pieh freed his fellow Africans, took over the ship, and demanded that they be returned to Africa. During the day, the remaining sailors complied. At night, however, the sailors slowly steered the ship toward America. When they reached New York, the boat was seized and the Africans arrested.

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