Slave Ships

Esperanza and Trouvadore

The end of slavery in 1834 was not the end of the slave story in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Even though slavery had been abolished in all British territories other nations still carried on the trade from Africa to the Caribbean. Many of these ships were destined for the markets in Cuba and so passed close to the Turks and Caicos Islands. In July 1837 one such ship, Esperanza,┬ásank off North Caicos but the better-documented incident occurred in March 1841 — the slave ship Trouvadore.