Abraham van Bengale1

M, #15505, b. 1649/50

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Last Edited12/03/2016
BirthOrigin*Abraham was from Bengal and perhaps born there in 1649/50. He was said to be 27 or 28 years old in 1677. 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 24 March 1677 Abraham van Bengale was sold by Aert Verhoeven to Laurens Cornelissen, for Rds. 50.2,3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 133.. 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. 133. 24.3.1677: Abraham from Bengal (27/28), sold by Arnout (Sign.) Aert Verhoeven, first mate of the Cabeljauw to Lourens Cornelisz for Rds. 50.
  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): 24.3.1677     [Verlore, TS I]
    Arnout Verhoeven, opperstuurman op die Cabeljauw, verkoop aan Lourens Cornelisz, vryburger, die slaaf Abraham van Bengale, 27/28 jaar oud, vir 50 Rds. [Aert Verhoeven]. Hereinafter cited as "Die notariële stukke II."

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