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The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie: An African American's Spiritual Journey to Uncover a Sunken Slave Ship's Past
When prize-winning journalist and avid scuba diver Michael Cottman participated in an underwater expedition to survey the sunken wreck of a slave ship off the coast of Florida, he was overwhelmed by powerful feelings of kinship and oneness with his African ancestors. As he held in his hands the very shackles that once had bound men, women, and children in their tortured pa ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published December 29th 1998 by Crown
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Recommended to Yvor by: Found in library
The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie explores the African slave trade by telling the story of the only slave trading merchant ship sunk in American waters whose site has been discovered and researched. In addition to discussing the artifacts found at the site off of Key West, FL, the author visits the English village where the ship's bell was made and many of its iron shackles and other instruments were provisioned; Barbados, where many slaves were sold; Jamaica, where 190 of the slaves on the last ...more
MICHAEL H. COTTMAN, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author, is a former political reporter for the WashingtonPost. Cottman has appeared on National Public Radio's (NPR) "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin and also the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2000 to discuss his (adult) book The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie. Cottman also serves as a special consultant to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administr ...moreMore about Michael Cottman...