Hardback The empire of necessity : slavery, freedom, and deception in the New World / Greg Grandin.
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780805094534 (hbk.) :
Map on lining papers.
One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain Amasa Delano, a New England seal hunter, climbed aboard a distressed Spanish ship carrying scores of West Africans he thought were slaves. They weren't. Having earlier seized control of the vessel and slaughtered most of the crew, they were staging an elaborate ruse, acting as if they were humble servants. When Delano, an idealistic, anti-slavery republican, finally realized the deception, he responded with explosive violence. Drawing on research on four continents, this book explores the multiple forces that culminated in this extraordinary event - an event that already inspired Herman Melville's masterpiece Benito Cereno.
xiv, 360 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 25 cm