Isak van Bengale1

M, #15399, b. circa 1651

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Last Edited04/03/2016
BirthOrigin*Isak was from and may have been born there circa 1651. He was 21 when sold as a slave in 1672. It should be born in mind that the toponym '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 12 April 1672 Isak van Bengale was sold by Jurrian Hendrik Willinghs to Henrik Crudop, for Rds. 70.2,3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 130.. 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. 130. 12.4.1672, V, p. 219: Isak from Bengal (21), sold by Hendrik Willingh, a merchant sailing on the Sparendam, to Hendrick Crudop for Rds. 70.
  3. [S607] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Kaapse notariële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (II), Die tweede Dekade 1671-1680", Kronos (Die notariële stukke II) 15 (1999): 12.4.1672     CTD 5, p. 219
    d’ Ed J Hendruk Willingh, koopman op die retoerfluit Sparendam, verkoop aan Hendrik Crudop die lyfeie Isak van Bengale, 21 jaar, vir 70 Rds.. Hereinafter cited as "Die notariële stukke II."

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