Bela Elisa (1829)

Voyage Overview

The Brazilian Schooner, Bella Elisa, left Bahia in 1828 and purchased 232 enslaved people at Lagos by 7 January 1829. The undocumented captain sailed the vessel toward Brazil when Captain William Benjamin Suckling of the HMS Medina captured the vessel somewhere off the coast of West Africa. The British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone condemned this vessel and registered 215 Liberated Africans by 27 February 1829. For more information, see Map of 1829.

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

Parliamentary Papers, PP, Accounts and Papers, vol. 10 (1830), 122-128.

TNA, FO84/90, Jackson, Ricketts, 29.02.28.

TNA, FO84/90, Ricketts, Smith, 29.07.02, enc.

Verger, Pierre, Trade Relations Between the Bight of Benin and Bahia, 17th to 19th Century, (Ibadan, 1976), 570.

Meyer-Heiselberg, R., Notes from the Liberated African Department in the Archives at Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone (Uppsala, 1967), 28.