A group of enslaved Africans capture the Spanish ship Amistad. Former president John Quincy Adams defends them, and the Supreme Court grants their freedom.
1839 (Jul 1)
The most famous slave mutiny in U.S. history took place on the Spanish ship Amistad. A group of Africans, led by Joseph Cinque, brought the captured vessel into Montauk, Long Island, where they were arrested. Former president John Quincy Adams defended the rebels before the Supreme Court, which granted their freedom.