The Last of the Brazilian Slavers, 1851

By Averil Mackenzie-Grieve, published February 1945



In the nineteenth century Britain and Portugal concluded treaties to suppress slavery in Portuguese dominions. Ships of the British and Portuguese navies were authorised to search suspect vessels and detain those found to be carrying slaves. When Brazil separated from Portugal, the existing arrangements were confirmed with respect to Brazil. The slave trade continued, however, and in 1850 HMS Sharpshooter commenced patrols off the Brazilian coast. In 1851 she apprehended a Brazilian brig, Piratenim. A full description of the events was written by Sharpshooter’s captain, Lieutenant John Bailey. 102 slaves were discovered; the slaver was taken as a prize and later burned.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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