Nuevo Campeador

Map showing the location of Calabar, Havana and the point of capture of the Nuevo Campeador, 1826

Voyage Map

The Nuevo Campeador was the sixth conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish schooner, under the command and ownership of Juan Botel, began its voyage at Santiago de Cuba and set sail for Calabar in early 1826. In total, 303 people boarded this slave ship and 40 individuals died during the middle passage.

On 29 August 1826, the HMS frigate Aurora, under the command of John Austin, detained this vessel in the immediate vicinity of Santiago de Cuba around N19°46 and W75°6. At the time of capture, there were 36 enslaved Africans in deplorable health and the surgeon of the Aurora insisted they land these people immediately and the Governor of Santiago de Cuba took charge of them. While in the harbor, Botel, "giving his solemn promise to return," convinced Austin to go ashore in order to visit his dying wife. Instead, he disappeared into Cuba's interior along with the greater part of his crew.

The Nuevo Campeador, along with six crew, arrived at Havana to await trial on 20 September. Between Santiago de Cuba and Havana, 8 more people passed away and then another 8 people died after arriving. On 27 September, the court condemned and sold this ship. It also issued emancipation certificates for 211 people, excluding 36 people who remained in eastern Cuba.

Trial Summary

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Register Statistics

Graph of the statistics for the register of the Nuevo Campeador, 1826

Table showing the statistics for the register of the Nuevo Campeador, 1826

Additional Resources

Baptism Records

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The Church of Jesús María y José

  • 1827/08/10, Antonio Deodato Carabali Bricamo, under the charge of Licenciado Don José María Barrera, José padrino Juan Bautista Bricamo, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 2, #15