Tibério (1836)

Voyage Overview

The Portuguese brig, Tibério, left Bahia on 28 December 1835 and purchased an estimated 490 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 were avoiding British blockades and likely traded further east in the Bight of Benin, most especially between Little Popo, Ouidah and Lagos. The captain, Francisco Nunes Lopes, sailed the vessel, owned by Manoel Cardoso dos Santos, back toward Brazil as intended, when it likely landed at São Salvador da Bahia sometime in 1836. An estimated 444 people survived the Middle Passage. For more information, see Map of 1836.

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

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