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The Creole slaves are freed... Sam Houston's angry letter to Santa Anna...



Item # 629997

April 16, 1842

NILES'S NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, April 16, 1842  The back page has a brief article headed: "The Creole Captives", which concerns a slave ship upon which the slaves mutinied, a rather infamous event in American history.
The Creole case was the result of an American slave revolt in November, 1841 on board the Creole, a ship involved in the United States slave trade. As 128 slaves gained freedom after the rebels ordered the ship sailed to Nassau, it has been termed the most successful slave revolt in U.S. history. Two persons died as a result of the revolt, a black slave and a white slave trader (see hyperlink for more).
The articles notes that: "...The slaves which have been confined for murder & mutiny on board the brig Creole will not be liberated, as I am told the order for that purpose has arrived." (see photoes). Another back page article: "Free Negroes In Mississippi" can be seen in the photos.
The back page has an article: "Gen. Houston and Santa Anna" which includes a quote by Houston: "...You tauntingly invite 'Texas to cover herself anew with the Mexican flag.' You certainly intend this as mockery...You continue aggression. You will not accord us peace. We will have it. You threatened to conquer Texas--we will war with Mexico..." with more (see photos). The letter is signed in type: Sam. Houston. Included as well is: "A Proclamation of Blockade" which is also signed in type: Sam. Houston.
Sixteen pages, 8 1/2 by 12 inches and is in nice condition.

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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