Extracts from a Slaver’s Log
This transcription is drawn from the log of Walter Prideaux, supercargo of the slave ship Daniel and Henry. The voyage between Dartmouth, the Guinea Coast and Jamaica took place between February and November 1700, and involved five months of trading on the West African coast. Goods (including textiles, weapons and metal objects) valued at over £3000 were exchanged for 452 slaves. During the grim ten-week voyage between “St. Thomee” (modern São Tomé) and Jamaica, over two hundred slaves died and were thrown overboard, along with two of the 19-man crew.