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Slave Ship Mutiny

Full Episode

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 East India Company’s colony at Cape Town. But the […]

Slave Ship Mutiny

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Slave Ship Mutiny

Behind the Scenes

Learn how the story of Massavana and The Meermin was adapted to television through interviews with historian Nigel Warden and producer/director Joe Kennedy. See what it was like to bring this story to life with behind-the-scenes footage of the actors, crew and interviews with drama director Nic Young. Understand how much the story means to South Africans such as heritage activist Lucy Campbell.

Slave Ship Mutiny

Preview

The slave ship Meermin set sail from Madagascar for South Africa in 1766, but the ship would never make it to Cape Town, the slaves mutinied and managed to overpower the Dutch crew, ordering the ship be sailed back to Madagascar and freedom.