Relâmpago

Map showing the location of Havana, Grand Mesuardo and the point of capture of the Relâmpago, 1824

Voyage Map


The Relâmpago was the first conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish schooner, under the command of Santiago Manzana, began its voyage at Havana and set sail for Grand Mesurado on 23 August 1824. In total, 162 people boarded this slave ship, while 3 individuals died and 1 person was born during the middle passage.


On 18 December 1824, these HMS schooner Lion, under the command of Francis Liardet, detained this vessel off the coast of Cuba around N23°8 and W79°17 and escorted this ship into the Bay of Havana. During the trial, another 10 people died. On 23 December 1824, the court condemned the ship for sale and issued emancipation certificates to 149 people.

Trial Summary


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Register Statistics

Graph of the statistics for the register of the Relâmpago, 1824

Table showing the statistics for the register of the Relâmpago, 1824

Table showing the statistics for the register of the Relâmpago, 1824

Additional Resources

Baptism Records

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The Church of Jesús María y José

  • 1826/08/31, Melchora Gangá, under the charge of Don Ignacio Dedin, madrina Martina Eligio, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 6, p. 167, #1364

  • 1826/09/11, Camilo Gangá, under the charge of Don Antonio María de la Torre, padrino Don Antonio Torre, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 6, p. 169v, #1387

  • 1827/01/07, Pilar Gangá, under the charge of Don Antonio María de la Torre, madrina Maria Prudencia Nuñez, priest José Miguel Suarez - Source: vol. 6, p. 184v, #1520

  • 1828/02/02, Rosario Gangá Longoba, under the charge of Don Antonio María de la Torre y Cardenas, madrina Pilar, priest José Miguel Suarez - Source: vol. 6, p. 219v, #1816

  • 1831/01/07, Teofilo Gangá Longoba, under the charge of Don Antonio María de la Torre y Cardenas, padrino Jose María Brito Gangá, priest José Miguel Suarez - Source: vol. 7, p. 62, #666