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Nov/Dec 2012> World Roundup> BAHAMAS

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bahamasBahamas: In the churning waves at Lynyard Cay in the Abaco Islands, archaeologists have found what they believe are the remains of the Peter Mowell, an illegal slave ship that ran aground while trying to avoid capture in July 1860. Finds include ballast stones, bricks, copper sheathing, nails, and spikes. Of the 400 Africans aboard, 390 made it to safety on the uninhabited island, to eventually be made indentured laborers on the island of Nassau.

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