|(Fleet) ShipVoyage||On 25 March 1656 the St Georges, La Duchesse, La Maréschale and La Erman, ships of the French fleet arrived at arrived at Saldanha Bay under the overall command of Admiral Gilles de La Roche-Saint-André. Among those on board St Georges/St. Joris were three enslaved Malagasy royal children, including Cornelia Arabus and Lijsbeth Arabus and an unnamed male child who died 3 months later. The fleet had sailed from Nantes via Cap Vert, travelling around the Cape and visiting Madagascar, Ile de Bourbon, Socotra, and the Red Sea - returning via the same route.2|
|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.3,4|
- [S654] Mansell Upham 'What can't be cured, must be endured … Cape of Good Hope - first marriages & baptisms (1652-1665)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), January 2012.
- [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First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (Unpublished), 16 November 2014. "25 March 1656: St Georges (ex Nantes, Madagascar, Ile de Bourbon [Réunion], Socotra, Red Sea, Socotra, Ile de Bourbon, Madagascar & Saldanha Bay) – part of French fleet (La Duchesse, La Maréschale, Larman [La Erman] - ex Nantes & Cap-Vert with St. Georges [St. Joris]);brings 3 captured / enslaved Malagasy royal children likely originating from Ethiopia gifted by French Admiral De la Roche-St. André to Jan van Riebeeck:
Cornelia Arabus van Abisinna
Lijsbeth Arabus van Abisinna
unnamed male slave (dies 14 June 1656)."
- [S815] Mansell G. Upham 'Documented Slave Arrivals at the Cape of Good Hope (1652-1677)', Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), "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.
- [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.