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The Story of RufinoSlavery, Freedom, and Islam in the Black Atlantic$
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João José Reis, Flávio dos Santos Gomes, and Marcus J. M. de Carvalho

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190224363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190224363.001.0001

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Passengers, Shippers, and Cargo

Passengers, Shippers, and Cargo

(p.109) 11 Passengers, Shippers, and Cargo
The Story of Rufino

João José Reis

Flávio dos Santos Gomes

Marcus J. M. de Carvalho

H. Sabrina Gledhill

Oxford University Press

This chapter depicts the preparation of the slave ship Ermelinda, the trade goods it carried, and crew recruitment. The ship carried fourteen crewmen and a few passengers. The trade goods included tobacco, sugar, rum, rice, cassava flour and manufactured goods, including European fabrics mostly made in England. The ship also carried a coach and horses for a known slave dealer in Luanda, Arsénio de Carpio. Some crewmembers and passengers had also brought goods on board to buy slaves. The distribution of the merchandise onboard is discussed. Besides Rufino, another African named Duarte Martins and crew members owned 2.4 percent of these goods.

Keywords:   ships, slave trade goods, cargo and tonnage, ownership of goods onboard, crew recruitment, crew profiles, names of petty and larger merchants, passengers and crew of slave ships

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