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  • Secrets of the Dead

SECRETS OF THE DEAD | Slave Ship Mutiny | PBS

Duration: 01:49
Program: Secrets of the Dead #1004
Broadcast Date: Nov. 10, 2010

When the Meermin set sail from Madagascar for South Africa on a hot summer's day in 1766, the Dutch crew had no idea they were about to make history. The ship was filled to capacity with human cargo, slaves bound for hard labor building the Dutch West India Company's colony at Cape Town. But the Meermin with its crew and cargo would never make it to Cape Town. Instead, in a dramatic altercation, the slaves mutinied and managed to overpower the Dutch crew, ordering the ship be sailed back to Madagascar and freedom.

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Post Date: October 28, 2010