SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Slave Ship Mutiny
Airs Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
When the Meermin set sail from Madagascar for South Africa on a hot summer’s day in 1766, the Dutch crew had no idea they were about to make history. The ship was filled to capacity with human cargo, slaves bound for hard labor building the Dutch West India Company’s colony at Cape Town.
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"Slave Ship Mutiny" tracks the efforts of archaeologists, historians and slave descendants to discover the full story of this dramatic historical event. They want to learn what happened on the Meermin, how the slaves were able to overpower their captors, and why the ship ended up wrecked on a wild, windswept beach 200 miles east of Cape Town.
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