Josefa

Map showing the location of Galinhas, Havana and point of capture of the Josefa (a) Fortuna, 1829

Voyage Map


The Josefa, alias Fortuna, was the eleventh conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish schooner, under the command of Ramon Casal, began its voyage at Havana and set sail for Gallinas on 28 July 1828 with a cargo of dry goods and aguardiente. In total, 226 people boarded this slave ship and 20 individuals died during the middle passage.


On 7 April 1829, the HMS schooner Monkey, under the command of Joseph Sherer, detained this ship near in sight of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas around N25°50 and W77°45 and escorted it into the Bay of Havana to await trial. The ship was well-stocked with sufficient water and provisions, but their were 10 people in poor physical health. After this ship's capture 5 people died, but a child was born during the trial. On 15 April, the court condemned this ship for sale and issued emancipation certificates for 202 people.

Trial Summary


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Register Statistics

Graph of the statistics for the register of the Josefa, 1829

Table showing the statistics for the register of the Josefa, 1829

Additional Resources

Baptism Records

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The Church of Jesús María y José

  • 1832/10/15, Juan Francisco Ganga, under the charge of Don Antonio Alba and Josefa Alba, madrina Dolores de Alda, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 106v, #1140

  • 1835/05/17, Maria de la Cruz Ganga, under the charge of Don José de la [sic], madrina Maria Dolores de la Concepcion de Sequiri, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 176v-177, #1650