Robert Smalls | Periscope

In 1839, Robert Smalls was born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina. As a slave, he worked in the Charleston shipyards. After learning the local harbor and surrounding waters, 23-year-old Robert Smalls began piloting a steam-powered supply ship called the Planter. Though Robert Smalls had many responsibilities, as a slave he did not have his freedom. During the Civil War, Robert Smalls, his family, and his friends made a daring escape from slavery by cruising the Planter out of Charleston Harbor to Union territory.

 

 

 

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En 1839, Robert Smalls nació como esclavo en Beaufort, Carolina del Sur. Como esclavo, trabajó en los astilleros de Charleston. Después de aprender el puerto local y las aguas circundantes, Robert Smalls, de 23 años, comenzó a pilotear un buque a vapor llamado Planter. Aunque Robert Smalls tenía muchas responsabilidades, como esclavo no tenía su libertad. Durante la Guerra Civil, Robert Smalls, su familia y sus amigos escaparon de la esclavitud en el Planter, cruzando desde el puerto de Charleston hasta territorio de la Unión.