Maria Teresa (1833)

Voyage Overview

The Spanish Brig, Maria Teresa, left Bahia in 1832 and purchased 490 enslaved people at the Costa da Mina (no date recorded). This broad region corresponds to a coastal strip in the Gulf of Guinea encompassing the Gold Coast and Bight of Benin. While some ships leaving ports along the Gold Coast would not have carried Yoruba speakers, many of these ships would have been avoiding British blockades and likely traded further east in the Bight of Benin, most especially between Little Popo, Ouidah and Lagos. The captain, Pedro José Neto, sailed the vessel, owned by Manoel Cardoso dos Santos, toward Cuba as intended, when it likely landed on 13 January 1833. Only 444 people survived the Middle Passage. For more information, see Map of 1833.


Parliamentary Papers, Accounts and Papers, vol. 49 (1845), 593-633.

TNA, FO84/136, Macleay, Mackenzie, 33.01.19.

Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers: Slave Trade, IUPST, 14/A (Shannon, 1969-74), 79.

Verger, Pierre, Trade Relations Between the Bight of Benin and Bahia, 17th to 19th Century, (Ibadan, 1976), 421.