Diana do Monte (1816)

Voyage Overview

The Portuguese Brigantine, Diana do Monte, left Bahia on 3 August 1815 and purchased 390 enslaved people along 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, Joaquim Luís de Araújo, sailed the vessel, owned by Tomé Afonso Moura and Francisco de Souza Paraíso, back toward Brazil as intended, when it likely landed at São Salvador da Bahia on 6 April 1816. Only 353 people survived the Middle Passage. For more information, see Map of 1816.    

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

Idade de Ouro do Brasil, IDO, 09/04/1816.

 Arquivo Público do Estado da Bahia (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), APEB, cod 456, p. 284v-285.