Maria van Malabar1

F, #12843, b. circa 1673

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Last Edited27/03/2015
BirthOrigin*Maria was from Malabar Coast and was perhaps born there circa 1673. She was said to be 18 years old in 1691.1,2 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.29 December 1693, the name of Maria was written in the record as Maria van Bengal, I have assumed this to be the same woman purchased by Smit as Maria van Malabar in 1691, hoping for further discovery in the record. Provenance was sometimes recorded incorrectly. Corrections welcome.3
Slave TransactionsOn 11 June 1691 Pieter van Malabar, Maria van Malabar and Antonique van Malabar were sold by Gillis Brouwer to Hans Hendrik Smit, for Rds. 190.4
On 29 December 1693 Maria van Malabar was sold by Hans Hendrik Smit to Julius Conradus Lasius, for Rds. 85.3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.158.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, A calendar of bondage in southern Africa, 1550 to 1888, CD-ROM; ISBN 1-86918-063-1; (Cape Town: Ancestry24, September 2007), Sequence IDNO:       0763     
    Slaves First Name:       Maria     
    Presumed Place Of Origin:       Van Malabar     
    Day Of Sale:       11     
    Month Of Sale:       6     
    Year Of Sale:       1691     
    Type Of Sale:       Oceanic     
    Type Of Name:       Christian     
    Continental Origin Code:       Indian Sub Continent     
    Slaves Age:       18     
    Slaves Gender:       Female     
    Sellers Last Name:       Brouwer     
    Sellers First Name:       Gillis     
    Sellers Civil Status:       VOC employee     
    Sellers Gender:       Male     
    Sellers Domicile:       Transit-at sea     
    Sellers Occupation:       Skipper     
    Buyers Last Name:       Smit     
    Buyers First Name:       Hans H     
    Buyers Civil Status:       burgher     
    Buyers Gender:       Male     
    Buyers Domicile:       Cape district     
    Buyers Occupation:       farmer     
    Primary Reference:       Transporten en Scheepeniskennis. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.164. 29.12.1693, p. 446: Maria from Bengal (23/24), sold by Hans Hendrik Smit to Julius Lasius, free baker, for Rds. 85.
  4. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.158. 11.6.1691, pp. 189-190: Pieter from Malabar (19/20), Maria (18) and Antonique (-), sold by Gillis Brouwer, skipper of Goudesteijn, to Hans Hendrick Smit for Rds.190.

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