Bluksam van Bengale1

M, #13689, b. 1668/69

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Last Edited20/03/2015
BirthOrigin*Bluksam was from Bengal and was perhaps born there in 1668/69. Van Bengale - or from Bengal - was a term loosely applied during the period of VOC dominance to enslaved or formerly enslaved people from any of the countries bordering the Bay of Bengal. He was said to be 22 or 23 years old in 1691.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 5 May 1691 Bluksam van Bengale was sold by Gualter Goddard to Trijntje Theunisz Gansevanger, for Rds. 103.2


  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. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.158. 5.5.1691, pp. 157-158: Bluksam from Bengal (22/23), sold by Gualtar Goddard, first mate of the English ship The Defence. to Catharina Theunisz (Gansevanger), the widow of Gijsbert Dircx de Beer (Verweij), for Rds. 103.

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