The story of the African slave trade after its prohibition in 1808 is one which, because of the illicit nature of the trade, can never be fully known. In Florida, as in other Southern states, however, occasional hints of this subterranean traffic found their way into records which have been preserved. A record, fuller than most, found in the archives of the Florida Supreme Court as the case of the United States vs. the Schooner Emperor, may be taken as a fair illustration of the methods employed in the slave trade, when entered into upon a small scale, and of the difficulties involved in enforcing the prohibitory statutes.
"The Schooner Emperor: An Incident of the Illegal Slave Trade in Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 13:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol13/iss3/3