Cleijn Eva van Madagascar1

F, #13917, b. circa 1652

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Last Edited23/10/2016
Birth*Cleijn Eva van Madagascar was born circa 1652 in Madagascar.1
(Slave) ShipVoyage On 31 March 1657 the La Maréschale, in distress and enroute from the Red Sea via Socotra and Madagascar, arrived at the Cape. On board were the slaves Cleijn Eva van Madagascar and Espagniola. Eva had been sent by the King of Antongil as a gift to the Commander's wife Maria de la Queillerie. Espagniola, a stowaway only discovered after the departure of the La Maréschale, was relegated to Robben Island.2,1 
NotesOn 29 May 1657 Jan Woutersz: having been recalled from Saldanha Bay "in consequence of many bad faults," received written instructions from Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck to proceed to Robben Island to supervise the sheep farming and the work at the stone quarry. Accompanying him as the only other salaried worker was Thomas Christoffel Müller, who was to tend the sheep, including castrating the rams and cutting off their tails. Accompanying them would be Jasper Janse Duyff, Laurentsz: Albertsz, Espagniola and Cleijn Eva van Madagascar. Duyff was a banished soldier, Alberts a convict, Espagniola either a French slave or convict, and Eva, a slave.3


  1. [S676] Attestation, C2391; Council of Policy, 4 September1652-6 February 1660, Western Cape Archives and Records Service as transcribed and annotated by Mansell Upham, Cleijn Eva door den Coningh van Antongil aen der Commande:[u]rs vrou tot vereeringh gesonden.
  2. [S815] Mansell G. Upham 'Documented Slave Arrivals at the Cape of Good Hope (1652-1677)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (Unpublished), 16 November 2014. "31 March 1657: French ship in distress La Maréschale ex Red Sea, Soqotra & Madagascar brings
    Cleijn Eva van Madagascar [gifted to Maria de la Queillerie by ‘king’ of Antongil]
    Espagniola (male) - stowaway relegated to Robben Island.
  3. [S913] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Letters Despatched 1652-1662 Vol II, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W.A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, 1900), pp.321-324. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.

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