By Ann Brown
The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807 stated that no new slaves were to be imported into the United States. Yet in 1860, a wooden ship called the Clotilda illegally transported 110 people from what is now the West African nation of Benin to Mobile, Alabama. But for fear of being caught for the illegal act, the Clotilda was abandoned.
Now researchers have located the wreck of the Clotilda, which is the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States.
“The captives were later freed and settled a community that’s still called Africatown USA, but no one knew the location of the Clotilda,” U.S. News & World Report reported.
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“Remains of the Gulf schooner Clotilda were identified and verified near Mobile after months of assessment, a statement by the Alabama Historical Commission said,” <a target="_blank" Click here to read entire article