Vitória (1820)

Voyage Overview

The Portuguese Bergantin, Vitória, left Bahia 21 July 1820 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, Manoel Cardoso Santos, sailed the vessel, owned by Vicente de Paula Silva, back toward Brazil as intended, when it likely landed at São Salvador da Bahia in 1820. Only 353 people survived the Middle Passage. For more information, see Map of 1820.

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

Verger, Pierre, Trade Relations Between the Bight of Benin and Bahia, 17th to 19th Century, (Ibadan, 1976), 421-422.

Arquivo Público do Estado da Bahia (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), APEB, cod 456, p. 297.

Arquivo Histórico Municipal de Salvador (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), AHMS, 27, 2, p. 48v.