Claes van de Kust1

M, #14594, b. circa 1671

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Last Edited07/10/2017
BirthOrigin*Claes was from Coromandel Coast and perhaps born there circa 1671. There was a number of slaves sold in this period by individuals who arrived at the Cape on the Cronenburg and the Wapen van Alkmaar which had sailed within a couple of days of each other from Masulipatnam.The journey took 2½ months, which does not seem to allow for a stopover to purchase slaves at another location so I am assuming that those slaves sold as "van de Kust" or "from the Coast" were from the coastal region around Masulipatnam, that is, the Coromandel Coast and that they were acquired prior to departure for the purpose of selling them at the Cape. There were othe slaves who arrived on the same vessels, and whose origins were stipulated as "van Malabar" who I believe were likely brought to Masulipatnam sometime before October 1686.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 3 January 1687 Claes van de Kust was sold by Johannes van Engelen to Jan Dircks de Beer, for Rds. 34.2
On 8 September 1687 Claes van de Kust, Claes van de Kust and Isaak van Madagascar were sold by Jan Dircksen de Beer to Matthys Michels, for Rds. 70 each.3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.148.. 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.148. 3.1.1687: Claes from the Coast (16), sold by Johannes van Engelen, bookkeeper of the Cronenburg, to Jan Dircx de Beer for Rds. 34.
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.151. 8.9.1687: Daniel from Madagascar (15), Claas from the Coast (17/18), and Isak from Madagascar (21/22), sold by Jan Dircx de Beer to Mathijs Michiels for Rds. 70 each.

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