'There were successful uprisings in which the Africans gained control of the ships and were able to steer them back to their homeland.

A memorable mutiny was led by Joseph Cinque in 1839. Cinque and the other rebels killed the captain and took over the slaver Amistad. They were eventually captured and tried for murder and piracy on the high seas. However, in the end they were acquitted of all charges.'
 
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