Aurora (1818)

Voyage Overview

The Portuguese Bergantin, Aurora, left Bahia on 13 October 1818 and purchased 390 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, André Estácio de Souza, sailed the vessel, owned by Joaquim José Duarte da Silva, back toward Brazil as intended, when it landed at São Salvador da Bahia in 1819. Only 353 people survived the Middle Passage. For more information, see Map of 1818

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

Idade de Ouro do Brasil, IDO, 1818-10-13.

Arquivo Público do Estado da Bahia (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), APEB, cod 456, p. 292.