The Midas, alias Providencia, was the thirteenth conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish brig, under the command of Ildefonso Martinez, began its catastrophic voyage at Havana and set sail for Bonny on 25 November 1828 loaded with aguardiente, money and other effects. On 1 May 1829, the ship sailed from Africa with 562 people on board and 162 individuals died during the middle passage.
Capture of the Voladora, 1829
On 27 June, the HMS schooner Monkey, under the command of Joseph Sherer, detained this slave vessel off the Bahamas Bank around N25°55 and W79°12. The two ships engaged for 35 minutes, whereby the rigging was "cut to pieces," several enslaved Africans died and three crew wounded. A day later, there were 369 enslaved Africans on board. However, the Midas was anchored on the Bahamas Bank for several days due to "unfavorable winds and the small force of the Monkey." During this time, 9 others had "thrown themselves overboard... [and] 69 others also died of the small pox and the other diseases which have been owing to the confinement on board."
After the Midas reached Havana, these people were "in a most dreadful state, reduced to about 253 and those so ill and emaciated that it has hitherto been impossible to make out those descriptions of their persons and marks that are inserted in their certificates of emancipation." On 14 July, the court condemned this ship for sale and quarantined people infected with small pox to El Bedado to prevent "the ravages that might be occasioned by a disease so contagious." The court issued emancipation certificates for 208 people.
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