London: William Clowes, 1840. x, 147, [1 blank] pp. Folio, bound in attractive modern blue wrappers, copy of half title affixed to front wrapper. Widely scattered foxing, Very Good.
An extraordinarily detailed compendium of law cases resulting from the Royal Navy's capture of ships purportedly engaging in the African slave trade. The diplomatic correspondence with Spain and Portugal, in particular, focuses on the energetic slave trading activities in Cuba.
A Portuguese ship "imported from Africa direct to the Havana, a cargo of negroes as slaves, and that, about six weeks after the arrival of these newly imported negroes, forty-nine of them were purchased in the public slave-market by Joze Ruiz, and four more by Pedro Montes." These gentlemen "then engaged the Spanish schooner 'Amistad,' to carry these negroes..to another port in Cuba. During the passage the negroes, with a view of recovering their liberty, seized possession of the vessel, put the master to death, and ordered the remaining whites to direct the course of the vessel to the coast of Africa." Interception of ships carrying Africans is recounted with complete descriptions of the condition of the Africans, and much other significant data. Item #35486