Maria da Glória (1824)

Voyage Overview

The María da Glória was the first attempt at adjudicating on a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Portuguese Brig, under the command of João José Fonseca and José Cotarro, began its voyage at Salvador, Brazil and set sail for Lagos on 8 February 1824. On 24 April, this ship sailed from Africa with 437 people on board and 37 individuals died during the middle passage. On 16 June 1824, the Spanish Brig Marte, under the command of José Apodaca, detained this vessel off the coast of Cuba between the port of Mariel and Cabañas and escorted this ship into the Bay of Havana to await trial. On 16 July 1824, the court decided it was not competent to try the case because the ship was Portuguese. At this time, Britain and Portugal had not yet signed a treaty to abolish the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Regardless of international law, the Spanish government assumed responsibility and made these people apprentices and/or free laborers in Cuba. For more information, see Map of 1824.

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers: Slave Trade, IUPST, 10/A1 (Shannon, 1969-74), 68-102, 105-19.

Arquivo Histórico do Itamarary (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), AHI, Coleções Especiais, Lata 20, Maço 2. 

Arquivo Histórico Municipal de Salvador (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), AHMS, 2.6, p. 32.