Brownsville Heritage House Inc.

Cultural Center

BHH KEEPING OUR HERITAGE ALIVE

Slave Ship Jesus

« Back to Album Photo 26 of 52 Previous | Next
Slave Ship Jesus
The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! Yes. Sir John Hawkins had the dubious distinction of becoming the first slave-ship captain to bring Africans to the Americas. Hawkins was a religious gentleman who insisted that his crew â??serve God dailyâ?? and â??love anotherâ??. His ship, ironically called â??the good ship Jesus,â?? left the shores of his native England for Africa in October 1562. He arrived at Sierra Leone, and in a short time he had three hundred blacks in his possession. Hawkins claimed to have acquired them â??partly by sword and partly by other means.â?? (The Good Ship Jesus | The Beginning of the British Slave Trade) What has come to be referred to as "The Good Ship Jesus" was in fact the "Jesus of Lubeck," a 700-ton ship purchased by King Henry VIII from the Hanseatic League, a merchant alliance between the cities of Hamburg and Lubeck in Germany. Twenty years after its purchase the ship, in disrepair, was leant to Sir John Hawkins by Queen Elizabeth. Hawkins, a cousin of Sir Francis Drake, was granted permission from Queen Elizabeth for his first voyage in 1562. He was allowed to carry Africans to the Americas "with their own free consent" and he agreed to this condition. Hawkins had a reputation for being a religious man who required his crew to "serve God daily" and to love one another. Sir Francis Drake accompanied Hawkins on this voyage and subsequent others. Drake, was himself, devoutly religious. Services were held on board twice a day. John Hawkins Coat of Arms A bound slave adorns John Hawkins' coat of arms. Off the coast of Africa, near Sierra Leone, Hawkins captured 300-500 slaves, mostly by plundering Portugese ships, but also through violence and subterfuge promising Africans free land and riches in the new world. He sold most of the slaves in what is now known as the Dominican Republic. He returned home with a profit and ships laden with ivory, hides, and sugar. Thus began the British slave trade. On his return to England Queen Elizabeth, livid, assailed Hawkins charging that his endeavor, ", was detestable and would call down vengeance from heaven upon the undertakers." When Elizabeth became fully aware, however, of the profits to be made she joined in partnership with Hawkins and provided him with the "Jesus of Lubeck," a.k.a., "The Good Ship Jesus." A later slaving expedition in 1567, consisting of five ships and the "Jesus of Lubeck," met with resistance from the Spaniards at St Juan d'Ulloa in Mexico. Since the slave trade was illegal Spanish colonists usually required a charade of force from British ships, after which they would buy slaves at a discount. This time, however, the Spanish attacked the British ships and the "Jesus of Lubeck," cumbersome and difficult to maneuver, was sunk and the crew slaughtered. Hawkins escaped with Drake on a smaller ship. Hawkins, his piratic ambitions dashed, returned to England and remained there in the service of the Queen. He gained distinction for his pivotal role in defeating the Spanish Armada and was knighted in 1588.
Posted on December 21, 2010

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In

1712 Comments

Reply ppjuuywa
4:07 AM on September 22, 2022 
Reply xyoirect
12:39 PM on September 14, 2022 
Reply bcqokzdz
2:22 AM on September 14, 2022 
Reply AstOnry
11:29 PM on September 13, 2022 
how to take nolvadex for pct Even better, if you re trying to conceive, then white vaginal discharge could just be your friend.
Reply izxvnrwk
11:13 PM on September 13, 2022 
Reply AstOnry
4:57 PM on September 13, 2022 
A We ship the parcel out in 1-2 days and offer to track No. where can i buy nolvadex Our current and previous data indicate that fecundity in women with the polycystic ovary syndrome may be greatly improved with an intervention that has little effect on BMI or other metabolic variables.
Reply Rosemary
9:34 AM on September 12, 2022 
?????? ???????? ?? ????? ? ??????? ?????? ???????????? https://bit.ly/dorama-doramy
Reply caulfuddy
8:39 PM on September 10, 2022 
Merritt College Core Values. clomid for male purchase
Reply JybeignorpTon
6:12 PM on September 10, 2022 
female viagra pharmacy australia 150 mg viagra for sale viagra medicine online purchase
Reply caulfuddy
2:14 PM on September 10, 2022 
buy clomid tablets online. What about u.
Reply AnrxEngek
12:43 PM on September 10, 2022 
female viagra where to buy uk woman viagra cheapest viagra usa
Reply Drusilla
11:12 AM on September 10, 2022 
????? ????????? ? ?????? http://psycholog-moskva.ru/
Reply Wayne
11:53 PM on September 9, 2022 
????? ???????? ?? ??????? https://bit.ly/online-astrology-ru
Reply Stulky
3:10 AM on September 9, 2022 
cialis tadalafil buy online http://cialis.beauty/ cialis 20 mg price
Reply vz5nz60tyl7
8:35 PM on September 8, 2022 
vhwmuw6wimw ordering viagra canadian pharmacy without prescription cheap viagra uk canadian pharmacy for cialis canada drug
generic pharmacy canadian prescription drugstore uk viagra sales viagra 100 mg cielas
drugs without prescription canada prescriptions online how does viagra work best price for generic cialis canada drug pharmacy
Reply Assebyven
4:56 PM on September 7, 2022 
Applies to sildenafil oral powder for suspension, oral tablet real cialis online
Reply Kevinsat
2:31 PM on September 7, 2022 
You said it adequately.!
college supplement essays write paper help me write a speech
Reply clerrppz
1:56 PM on September 7, 2022 
???????? ??? ?? ??????? ??????? ?????? ???? ?????? ???????? ???????? ?? ???????
Reply oji9lkqx0cs
1:12 PM on September 7, 2022 
sb7nb5tugs4 viagra brand for sale how much does cialis cost www.canadianpharmacymeds.com pharmacy rx one does viagra work for women
cheapest viagra costco usa best online pharmacies viagra canadian pharmacy getcanadiandrugs.com
canadian drugstore walmart medication list viagra overnight cialis online canada pharmacy cheap celias
Reply bd9rt6ze4tx
11:07 AM on September 7, 2022 
aw8zvkyvn3w viagra online shop cialis at canadian pharmacy cialis.com buy cheap viagra online uk generic viagra canadian
lowest prescription prices www.walmart.com prescriptions from canada cialis canadian pharmacy viagra for sale online
canadarx.com women viagra cialis pills for sale purchase viagra cialis lowest price

Oops! This site has expired.

If you are the site owner, please renew your premium subscription or contact support.