Map showing the location of Matanzas, Calabar, Havana and the point of capture for the Ninfa, 1836

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The Ninfa, alias Matanzera, was the thirty fourth conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish brigantine, under the command of Augustin Barcet, began its voyage at Matanzas on 2 May 1835 for Calabar loaded with a cargo of dry goods, gunpowder, muskets and aguardiente. On 16 November, this ship sailed from Africa with 518 people on board and 68 individuals died during the middle passage.

On 7 January 1836, the HMS schooner Pincher, under the command of Lieutenant George Byng, detained this vessel around N20°10'50 and W75°30. During the trial, another 17 people died due to "heaping together a multitude in so narrow a space... and above all of the dangers proceeding from an evil like Dysentery." By registration, another 54 people died. On 25 January, the court condemned this slave vessel for sale and issued emancipation certificates for only 396 people. Due to their poor physical health and quarantine, there is no indication of anyone being removed from Cuba.

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Register Statistics

Graph of the statistics for the register of the Ninfa, 1836

Table of the statistics for the register of the Ninfa, 1836

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