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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Zong Massacre occurred on Nov. 29, 1781. The Zong, a slave ship, was headed towards Jamaica when the captain gave the order to throw 132 enslaved Africans overboard. When the ship returned to England, the owners wished to be compensated the full value for each enslaved African lost. At first the jury ruled in favor of the ship’s owners. Since it was permissible to kill animals for the safety of the ship, they decided, it was permissible to kill enslaved people for the same reason. The insurance company appealed, and the case was retried. This time the court decided that the Africans on board the ship were people.