Golondrina (1816)

Voyage Overview

The Spanish Schooner, Golondrina, left Santiago de Cuba on 25 August 1815 and purchased 287 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 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, Bernardo Rapalo, sailed the vessel, owned by Magin Bory, back toward Cuba as intended, when it landed at Santiago 2 May 1816. Only 252 people survived the Middle Passage. For more information, see Map of 1816

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

Archivo Histórico Nacional (Madrid, Spain), AHNM, Estado, leg. 8015, 48.

Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino (Lisbon, Portugal), AHU, SãoTomé, Cx.50, D.17.

Archivo Nacional de Cuba, Havana, Cuba, ANC, Junta de Fomento86/3506.