Xerxes

Map showing the location of Bonny, Havana and the point of capture of the Xerxes, 1828

Voyage Map


The Xerxes (also spelled Gerges) was the seventh conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish schooner, under the command of Felipe Rebel, began its voyage at Havana and set sail for Bonny on 10 February 1828 loaded with merchandise, silver, hankerchiefs of various colors and muslins. On 4 May, this ship sailed from Africa with 429 people on board and 26 individuals died during the middle passage.


On 27 June, the HMS sloop Grasshopper, under the command of Abraham Crawford, pursued this vessel for 26 hours until succeeding in her capture in the Gulf of Mexico around N23°22 and W87°21. At the time of her detention, 61 enslaved Africans were in very poor health. The Grasshopper escorted this ship into the Bay of Havana on 5 July. During the trial, another 18 people died. On 12 July, the court condemned this ship for sale. It also issued emancipation certificates for 385 people.

Trial Summary


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Register Statistics

Graph of the statistics for the register of the Xerxes, 1828

Table showing the statistics for the register of the Xerxes, 1828

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Baptism Records

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The Church of Jesús María y José

  • 1829/11/29, Ceferino Carabali, under the charge of Don Manuel Antonio Medina, padrino Ciriaco Criollo, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 31, #366

  • 1829/11/29, Bibiana Carabali, under the charge of Doña Eugenia [sic], madrina Concepcion Carabali, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 31v, #372

  • 1830/09/08, Deciderio Carabali Elugo, under the charge of Don Deciderio Herrera, padrino Pedro de Orta, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 51v, #610

  • 1830/10/28, José de Jesús Carabali Elugo, under the charge of Don José María Amate, padrino Santiago Gonzalez, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 57, #610

  • 1831/07/25, José Elias Carabali, under the charge of Doña Josefa Fagle, padrino Pablo Flores, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 73v, #796

  • 1833/04/30, Benigno Carabali, under the charge of Capitán José María Martinez y Callejo, padrino Gaspar Abreu, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 118, #1280

  • 1833/04/30, Ermenegildo Carabali, under the charge of Doña Antonia Villafañe, padrino Agustin Areños, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 118, #1281

  • 1834/01/12, José [sic]lasans Carabali [sic], under the charge of Don Domingo Seriel, padrino Lucas Perez, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 137, #1552