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American Colonization Society charter ship transporting rescued Africans to Liberia sails from Key West, Florida

Africa, 1857, zoomable map
07/19/1860
The Star of the Union, one of the three ships chartered to return the African slaves rescued from slave ships and landed at Key West, sailed in the early morning hours for Liberia.  It carried the 383 surviving captives from the Bogota, seized by the U.S. Navy that spring, and arrived at Monrovia in late August, 1860. The survivors of their second crossing were delivered to the American Colonization Society agent at Sinoe in Liberia. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Corey Malcolm, "Transporting African Refugees from Key West to Liberia," Florida Keys Sea Heritage Journal 19, no. 2 (2008): 1-4.
Tom W. Shick, Behold the promised land: a history of Afro-American settler society in nineteenth-century Liberia (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980), 68.

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