Bonfim (1829)

Voyage Overview

This Portuguese vessel, Bonfim, left Pernambuco on 7 August 1829 and purchased 345 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, João Francisco dos Santos, sailed the vessel toward Brazil as intended, when it likely landed in 1829. Only 301 people survived the Middle Passage. For more information, see Map of 1829.

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

Diário de Pernambuco, DPE, 11-8-1829.