Sierra del Pilar

Map showing the location of Cape Verde, Lagos, Grenada and point of capture for the Sierra del Pilar, 1839

Voyage Map


The Sierra del Pilar was the fortieth conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish schooner, under the command of Miguel de Oliveira, was "bought in December last [1838] at the Cape de Verde Islands." From there, it went to Lagos loaded with a cargo of gunpowder and "other merchandise." On 18 March 1839, this ship sailed from Africa with 255 people on board and 40 individuals died during the middle passage.


On 4 June, the HMS sloop Pickle, under the command of Frederick Holland, chased this ship for several hours off the south coast of Cuba, until it ran aground on the Isle of Pines. After, the captain and the crew escape on shore with 35 enslaved Africans. Holland set fire to the Sierra del Pilar, which was damaged beyond repair, and took 180 enslaved Africans to Havana, where they were placed on board the Romney. From the point of capture and through the trial, another 8 people died. On 21 June, the court declared the ship engaged in the illegal slave trade and issued emancipation certificates for 172 people.


Resettlement to Grenada


The removal of people from the Sierra del Pilar from Havana to Grenada occurred "the day after the receipt of emancipation certificates." All 172 people from this ship went to Grenada on board the Louis Frederick. On 12 August, the Louis Frederick returned to Havana "after fulfilling her engagement." It remains unclear how many people, if any, died during this voyage.

Trial Summary


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Resources


Vessel Seizure

Captor's Declaration

Abstract of Evidence

Sentence

Expense Report Unavailable


Register


FO 313/62 Version

FO 84 Unavailable


Excel Database

Resettlement


Grenada Departure

Register Statistics

Graph of the statistics for the register of the Sierra del Pilar, 1839

Table of the statistics for the register of the Sierra del Pilar, 1839

Analysis of Documented African Names

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

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

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


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