Ramme van de Kust1

M, #14617, b. 1668/69

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Last Edited12/03/2015
BirthOrigin*Ramme was from Coromandel Coast and perhaps born there in 1668/69. There were 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 other 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 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.10 January 1688, the name of Ramme was written in the record as Ram van der Kust, I have assumed that this it was how it was entered in the record.2
Slave TransactionsOn 2 January 1687 Ramme van de Kust was sold by Ide Hendricx to Guillaume Heems, for Rds. 45.3
On 10 January 1688 Ramme van de Kust was sold by Guillaume Heems to Hendrick Elbertsz, for Rds. 60.2


  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.151. 10.1.1688, XVI. p. 12: Ram from the Coast (20), sold by Guilllam Eems (Heems) to Hendrick Elbertsz for Rds. 60.
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.148. 2.1.1687: Ramme from the Coast (18/19), sold by Ide Hendricx, constable of the Cronenburg, to Guilliam Eems for Rds. 45.

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