Archaeologists in Mexico identify first Mayan slave ship


Ship had been used to take Mayas captured during an 1847-1901 rebellion to work in sugarcane fields in Cuba

Archaeologists in Mexico have identified a ship that carried Mayan people into virtual slavery in the 1850s, the first time such a ship has been found.

The wreck of the Cuban-based paddle-wheel steamboat was found in 2017, but wasn’t identified until researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History checked contemporary documents and found it was the ship “La Unión”.

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