São João do Rio (a) São João de Deus (1816)
The Portuguese Brig, São João do Rio (a) São João de Deus, left Bahia on 27 August 1816 and purchased 162 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, Pedro Gomes Ferreira, sailed the vessel, owned by Antônio José Teixeira, back toward Brazil as intended, when it likely landed at São Salvador da Bahia sometime in 1816. Only 153 people survived the Middle Passage. For more information, see Map of 1816.
As Referenced in Voyages
Arquivo Histórico Municipal de Salvador (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), AHMS, 27.2, p. 2.
Arquivo Público do Estado da Bahia (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), APEB, cod 456, p. 287.