Domingo van Bengale1

M, #15223, b. 1660/61

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Last Edited23/12/2015
BirthOrigin*Domingo was from Bengal and perhaps born there in 1660/61. '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.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 25 September 1686 Domingo van Bengale, Bacacan van Macassar and Dominga van Bengale were sold by Simon van der Stel to Matthias Greeff for Rds. 200.1
Slave EmancipationsOn 1 August 1689 Domingo van Bengale purchased his freedom from Matthys Greef, for Rds. 100.2,3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.147.. 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.154. 1.8.1689, pp. 244--245: Domingo, allowed to buy his freedom for Rds. 100 by Matthijs Greve (signature Greeff). DR: He signed the transaction with a cross, not his name. See next citation.).
  3. [S606] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "A.J. Böeseken se Addendum van Kaapse slawe-verkoopstransaksies: Foute en regstellings", Kronos (Foute en regstellings) 9 (1984): Dieselfde geld vir Mattijs Greve wat volgens Böeseken self sy naam "Greeff" geteken het as hy in werklikheid ook maar net 'n kruisie getrek het (p. 154, 1.8.1689).. Hereinafter cited as "Foute en regstellings."

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