Marte

Map showing the location of Barcelona, Loango, Havana and the point of capture for the Marte, 1835

Voyage Map


The Marte was the thirtieth conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish brigantine, under the command of Juan Sagrera, began its voyage at Barcelona and set sail for Loango on 12 August 1834 loaded with aguardiente, along with some dry goods purchased at Gibraltar. On 25 February 1835, this ship sailed from Africa with 600 people on board and 151 individuals died during the middle passage.


On 17 April, the HMS brig Skipjack, under the command of Sidney H. Ussher, engaged with this ship from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m, whereby 1 seaman and 7 enslaved Africans died. The ship was detained off the south side of Cuba around N20°6 and W80°15. Upon their arrival to Havana, the people on board were "dying daily" because of dysentery and small pox. These people were placed into quarantine grounds of Chorrera and Marimelena. From the point of capture through the trial, another 123 people died. On 8 May, the court condemned this slave vessel for sale and issued emancipation certificates for 326 people.


Resettlement Denied


A request to remove people from the Chubasco from Havana to Trinidad ties into the case of the Chubasco and Joven Reina. There was a proposal to send a convoy of "376 emancipated negroes" from these three ships. In mid May, medical officers detected cases of cholera in Havana. There was no report of any cases of cholera among these Liberated Africans, but on 20 May the request to resettle was refused.


Please note that the "Resettlement Resources" are repeated on the Chubasco and Joven Reina pages.

Trial Summary


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Register Statistics

Graph of the statistics for the register of the Marte, 1835

Graph of the statistics for the register of the Marte, 1835

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