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Comparison Chart

Who?

Africans

Gedney

Van Buren

The Spanish Government

Abolitionists

Spanish Planters

What role did they play in the trial?

(defendants)

. . .

(financial & moral support for Africans)

.

What was their motivation?

.

(economic gain)

(political gain)

. . .

What were their arguments?

. . . . .

(property rights)

What was the basis for their arguments?

. . .

(Pinckney's Treaty)

. .

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