Andries Caste1

M, #15476, b. circa 1650

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Last Edited13/03/2016
Birth*Andries Caste was born circa 1650.1
Slave TransactionsOn 31 October 1676 Andries Caste was sold by Aletta van Hinloopen to Gerhard Pieterszoon van der Bijl, for Rds 88. However, Andries appears to have returned to the ownership the seller's spouse.2,3
On 27 January 1678, in an unusual arrangement, Joan Bax van Herentals apprenticed Andries Caste to Barent Cornelisz Backer with the understanding that he would teach Andries his trade of shoemaking. In the first year Andries would receive food and clothing, in the second f 9 a month, in addition, and in the third year f 12 a month. If he remained with Backer his wages were to increase each year; but Backer was free not to continue the relationship at the end of three years.4,5


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 132. 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. 132. 31.10.1676: Andries Caste, sold by A1elta Hinloopen to Gerrit van der Bijl for Rds.88.
  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): 31.10.1676          [Verlore]
    Aletta Hinloopen verkoop aan Gerrit van der Bijl die slaaf Andries Caste vir 88 Rds.. Hereinafter cited as "Die notariële stukke II."
  4. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.135; 27.1.1678: Andries Caste, a slave belonging to Governor Bax, was provided for by his owner and apprenticed to the shoemaker Barent Corne1is Backer, who was to sign a contract that he would teach Andries his trade. For the first year Andries was to work for food and clothes; in the second year he would receive in addition f 9 a month; in the third year f 12 a month. If he remained with Backer, his wages would increase each year. He would become free if this arrangement were not kept.
  5. [S607] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die notariële stukke II", 27.1.1678          TS 3, g.p.
    Barent Cornelisz Backer, vryskoenmaker alhier, neem in sy diens Andries Casta, die lyfeie van die goewerneur Johan Bax van Herentals vir die tydperk van driejaar, vanaf 1 Januarie 1678 tot 31 Desember 1680, onder die volgende voorwaardes, eerstens dat hy die lyfeie in sy diens sal neem en hom die ambag van skoenmaker leer, dat hy die slaaf ook gedurende die eerste jaar van die nodige lewensmiddele sal voorsien, die tweede jaar benewens kos hom ook maandeliks f 9 en die laastejaar kos en f 12 per maand. Hy sal die slaaf sodanig onderrig dat hy na die verstryking van die drie jaar ten volle bekwaam sal wees tot die am bag, daaronder word verstaan die sny van skoene. Na afloop van die drie jaar, as Backer geneë is om hom in diens te neem, sal hy verplig wees om hom van jaar tot jaar meer gasie en geld te gee. Backer neem die voorwaardes aan sonder om verplig te wees om die slaaf langer as die drie jaar aan te neem. [Barent Kornelius Backer.]

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