Voladora

Map showing the location of Little Popo, Havana and the point of capture of the Voladora, 1829

Voyage Map


The Voladora, alias Mulata, was the twelfth conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish schooner, under the command of Ignacio Domingo del Corral, began its voyage at Havana and set sail for Little Popo on 1 October 1828 loaded with aguardiente and money. On 29 April 1829, this ship sailed from Africa with 367 people on board and 32 individuals died during the middle passage.


Capture of the Voladora, 1829

Capture of the Voladora, 1829


On 5 June, the HMS schooner Pickle, under the command of J.B.B. MacHardy, observed this ship off the coast of Cuba near Puerto de Naranjo and chased this ship for the entire day. At 11 p.m., the two ships engaged in heavy combat which "lasted an hour and twenty minutes within pistol shot." The Voladora surrendered only after having the masts destroyed. The Pickle towed this ship into Gibara "to rig jury masts."


At the time of capture, there were sufficient water and provisions on board for three days and MacHardy bought more at Gibara for the trip to Havana. During the trial, another 5 people died. On 30 June, the court condemned this ship for sale and issued emancipation certificates for 330 people.

Trial Summary


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Register Statistics

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

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

Table showing more statistics for the register of the Voladora, 1828

Analysis of Documented African Names

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Pie chart showing the analysis of documented African names for Mina Popó

Table showing the statistics for the analysis of documented African names for Mina Popó

Table showing more statistics for the analysis of documented African names for Mina Popó


Pie chart showing the analysis of documented African names for Mina Fanti

Table showing the statistics for the analysis of documented African names for Mina Fanti

Table showing more statistics for the analysis of documented African names for Mina Fanti


Pie chart showing the analysis of documented African names for Arará (no sub-group)

Table showing the statistics for the analysis of documented African names for Arará (no sub-group)

Table showing more statistics for the analysis of documented African names for Arará (no sub-group)


Pie chart showing the analysis of documented African names for Lucumí (various)

Table showing the statistics for the analysis of documented African names for Lucumí (various)

Table showing more statistics for the analysis of documented African names for Lucumí (various)


Additional Resources

Baptism Records

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The Church of Jesús María y José

  • 1830/02/06, Maria Cleofas Mina Popó, under the charge of Don Agueda Canero, madrina Ana Maria Oyaride Criolla, priest José Miguel Suarez - Source: vol. 7, p. 37, #392

  • 1830/02/06, Rita Mina Popó, under the charge of Don Antonio Zambrano, padrino Socorro Ribera y Fernandez, priest José Miguel Suarez - Source: vol. 7, p. 47, #500

  • 1830/07/30, José Plutarco Mina Fanti, under the charge of Don Francisco Gonzalez, madrina Victoria Echeverria, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 47v, #506

  • 1831/11/07, Juliana Mina Popó, under the charge of Don Jose Fernandez Cota, madrina Loreta Acosta, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 82, #888

  • 1830/06/03, Lucio Mina Fanti, under the charge of Doña Rafaela Govantes, padrino Cristoval del Rey, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 98, #1069

  • 1832/01/12, Maria de los Dolores Mina Popo, under the charge of Doña Maria Plato, madrina Catarina [sic], priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 109, #1171

  • 1833/12/25, Bernabe Mina Fanti, under the charge of Don Marcelino Garcia (who died) and passed on to his widow Doña Maria de [sic] Ensinero de Abrens, padrino Facundo Machado Mina, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 135, #1534

  • 1835/01/25, José Leordo Lucumi, under the charge of Don Manuel de Zalba, padrino Joaquin Zalba, priest José Miguel Bucelo - Source: vol. 7, p. 166v, #1548