Capture of the Brillante

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Capture of the Brillante
Part of the Suppression of the Slave Trade
"Slave Trade in Africa"
Date 1832
Location off West Africa, Atlantic Ocean
Result British victory, Brillante captured.
 United Kingdom African Slave Traders

The Capture of the Brillante occurred around 1832 and was considered a significant feat in the Blockade of Africa. Brillante was a brig that the British Royal Navy succeeded in capturing after two failed attempts. She was a slave ship with a crew of sixty men and 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. The 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] After capture, the British tried Brilliante's crew for piracy, and condemned them

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  • Spears, R. John (1900). The American slave-trade: an account of its origin, growth and suppression. University of California: C. Scribner's Sons. 
  • Soodalter, Ron (2006). Hanging Captain Gordon: the life and trial of an American slave trader. Simon and Schuster Publishing. ISBN 0-7432-6727-3.