Caridad Cubana

Map showing Santiago de Cuba, Bissau, Jamaica and point of capture for the Caridad Cubana, 1839

Voyage Map

The Caridad Cubana was the forty first conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish galeta, under the command of Sebastian Fabrequez, began its voyage at Santiago de Cuba on 9 March 1839 for Bissau loaded with a cargo of sugar, rum, coffee and "five cases of common merchandise." Soon after, 175 enslaved people this ship "from another island opposite [to Bissau] called Sarramento" and 1 person died during the middle passage.


On 3 July 1839, the HMS sloop Snake, under the command of John B. May, detained this vessel to the north of Puerto Rico around N19°78 and W78°42. After, they then went to Jamaica because there were not "sufficient provisions" to go to Havana. The Liberated Africans were "kept together at Port Antonio in Jamaica, on account of the small pox having broke out among them." During the trial in Havana, another 28 people died.

Havana Trial

On 3 August, the court declared the ship had engaged in the illegal slave trade and issued emancipation certificates for 146 people. The registers went to Havana for the trial. In this case, along with the Antoñica, was used to reason why the practice of making registers should be discontinued. It proved to be too "much labor... to comply exactly with the letter of the Treaty, when no object could be attained but giving unnecessary trouble."

Trial Summary

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Register Statistics

Graph of the statistics for the register of the Caridad Cubana, 1839

Table of the statistics for the register of the Caridad Cubana, 1839

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