Santana Flor da África (1819)

Voyage Overview

The Portuguese Bergantin, Santana Flor da África, left Bahia 13 July 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 and owner, Inocêncio Marques de Santana, sailed the vessel back toward Brazil as intended, when it likely landed at São Salvador da Bahia on 2 May 1819. Only 353 people survived the Middle Passage. For more information, see Map of 1819.

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

Idade de Ouro do Brasil, IDO, 1819-5-25.

Arquivo Público do Estado da Bahia (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), APEB, cod 456, p. 291v.