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Capture of the brig Brillante

Capture of the brig Brillante
Part of the Suppression of the Slave Trade
AfricanSlavesTransport.jpg
"Slave Trade in Africa"
Date1832
Location
Result British victory, Brillante captured.
Belligerents
 United Kingdom African Slave Traders

The Capture of the brig Brillante occurred around 1832 and was considered a significant feat in the Blockade of Africa. Brillante was a slave ship that the British Royal Navy succeeded in capturing after two failed attempts. The brig had a crew of sixty men and was armed with ten guns. Brillante was under the command of an English captain named Homans when she was seized. Homans was an experienced slaver who in ten cruises had landed 5,000 slaves on the coasts of Brazil and Cuba. Brillante reportedly fought at least two battles against the British anti-slavery patrols. She allegedly forced the crew of one British cruiser to abandon ship after a bloody action and on a different occasion, she repulsed boats from a Royal Navy sloop-of-war.

Finally, four navy vessels trapped Brillante by surrounding her. Just before his capture, Captain Homans murdered around 600 slaves by ordering that their hands be tied to the ship's anchor and that they be thrown over the side. The Britons who captured the ship arrived just after the incident and took control without resistance.[1][2][3]

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Citations
  1. ^ Spears, pg. 145-146
  2. ^ Soodalter, pg. 21
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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