Bonfim (1825)

Voyage Overview

The Portuguese Brig, Bomfim, left Bahia on 23 August 1824 and purchased 149 enslaved people at Badagry by 8 March 1825. The captain, Joaquim José Brito Lima, sailed the vessel toward Cuba when Captain Clarkson of the HMS Swinger captured the vessel somewhere off the coast of West Africa. Although the ship’s owner, Manoel José Freire de Carvalho, was never formerly charged, British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone condemned this vessel and registered 146 Liberated Africans by 19 March 1825. For more information, see Map of 1825.                                                                              

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

Parliamentary Papers, PP, Accounts and Papers, vol. 10 (1830), 122-126.

Verger, Pierre, Trade Relations Between the Bight of Benin and Bahia, 17th to 19th Century, (Ibadan, 1976), 569.

Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers: Slave Trade, IUPST, 11/A (Shannon, 1969-74), 10-15.

Irish University Press Series of British Parliamentary Papers: Slave Trade, IUPST, 10/A2 (Shannon, 1969-74), 31-32.

Meyer-Heiselberg, R., Notes from the Liberated African Department in the Archives at Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone (Uppsala, 1967), 20..

Arquivo Histórico Municipal de Salvador (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), AHMS, 2.6, p. 36.