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Video of the Week: Kids on the Freedom Schooner Amistad

I was taking my family to visit the excellent Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea in Connecticut when I first heard the story of the schooner Amistad.

In 1839, slaves aboard this transport ship revolted and took over the vessel when it sailed from Havana. The situation became a court case (argued in New Haven, Connecticut) about the legal rights of the slaves who had revolted.

The Freedom Schooner Amistad, a re-creation of the ship, was built at the historic Mystic shipyard and now serves as a roving tall ship ambassador.

I found a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) video that shows some students who had the opportunity to sail and learn aboard the ship on its recent world tour; I think you’ll enjoy their insights into history and the world of sailing ships.

Related Family Travel post: Sail the ocean blue: where to get nautical with your kids

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