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Mayo, Isaac (1791-1861) Letters as commander of USS Grampus off Cuba re: piracy, slave ships, Lafayette [Decimalized .01-.24]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04604 Author/Creator: Mayo, Isaac (1791-1861) Place Written: [various places] Type: Header Record Date: 1825-1832 Pagination: 24 items

Written to or from Mayo. Includes mention of capture of a slave trader off the coast of Haiti. Also includes pamphlet, report of Congress on Cuba.

The U.S.S. Grampus was involved in the Amistad incident in 1840. The ship was ordered by President Martin Van Buren to New Haven, Connecticut's harbor in January 1840 to smuggle the captive Africans back to the Spanish in Cuba. The ship did anchor in the harbor, but the plan was never implemented.

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