Researchers for SNMAAH recently found a sunken slave ship for their collection.
"On Dec. 3, 1794, a Portuguese slave ship left Mozambique, on the east coast of Africa, for what was to be a 7,000-mile voyage to Maranhão, Brazil, and the sugar plantations that awaited its cargo of 500 black men and women.
In the end, their journey [was cut short. It] lasted only 24 days.
Buffeted by strong winds, the ship, the São José Paquete Africa, rounded the treacherous Cape of Good Hope and came apart violently on two reefs not far from Cape Town and only 100 yards from shore, but in deep, turbulent water. The Portuguese captain, crew and half of the slaves survived. An estimated 212 slaves did not, and perished in the sea."
- NY TIMES
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And researchers for SNMAAH have found a sunken slave ship for their collection.