Sunken Slave Ship Discovered Off Alabama Coast

An estimated 110 slaves were transported on the ship, called the Clotilda.
The Schooner, "Amistad", (Friendship) flies the U.S. flag and the Cuban flag as it approaches Havana Harbor March 25, 2010. The Schooner is a replica of the 19th century slave revolt Cuban slave ship that carried Africans and became an icon of the abolitionist movement.
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The last slave ship that brought slaves to the U.S. may have been discovered by a local reporter, buried in the muddy shoreline north of Mobile, Alabama. The Clotilda, as the ship is known, was the last U.S. slave ship that brought humans from West Africa in 1859. It was thought to be long lost—until now. 

Ben Raines, reporter for , searched the shorelines where Russell Ladd told him the location that his father once said was where the Clotilda was located. Ladd told Raines that when he was a kid, he and his father "used to go up the Mobile River to fish various places." "On low tide, we’d see this burned-out ship and my father and his friends would say, 'There’s the Clotilda,'" Ladd said. 

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