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U.S. Navy delivers captured American slave ship with 507 African slaves aboard to Key West, Florida

Slaves on the deck of the captured slaveship "Wildfire," April 1860
The American vessel Wildfire had sailed from New York on December 16, 1859 and returned from Africa with 507 slaves aboard. Captured by the U.S.S. Mohawk, under the command of Lieutenant T.A. M. Craven, she was landed at Key West and turned over the the U.S. Marshal there.  The crew were arrested and arrangements were made for the sale of the confiscated vessel. The liberated Africans were eventually returned to Africa and landed in Liberia.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1860), 410.