Map showing location of Cameroons River, Havana and point of capture for the Planeta, 1832

Voyage Map

The Planeta was the seventeenth conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish schooner-brig, under the command of Salvador Felicé, began its voyage at Havana and set sail for the Cameroons River on 8 October 1831 loaded with cotton goods, aguardiente, gunpowder and fire arms. On 16 February 1832, the ship sailed from Africa with 241 people on board and 2 individuals died during the middle passage.

On 6 April, the HMS sloop Victor, under the command of Richard Keane, detained this slave ship "after a running fight" to the southeast of Isle of Pines around N21° and W82°. There was sufficient water and provisions for the voyage, although one male died before reaching Havana and another 2 people died during the trial. This case came to focus on the 7 individuals, who claimed to be crew members and not "objects of commerce." On 26 April, the court condemned the vessel for sale and issued emancipation certificates for 236 people, including the African crew.

On 26 June, the court learned that the Liberated Africans "were not assigned to any public work, but were distributed out to private individuals." The Spanish government also raised "a contribution of 5 Dollars per negro on the person taking charge of them, and has applied the money thus raised to the benefit of a charitable public establishment called the Real Casa de Beneficencia."

Trial Summary

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Register Statistics

Graph of the statistics for the register of the Planeta, 1832

Table showing the statistics for the register of the Planeta, 1832

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