Jan van Bengale1

M, #15565, b. circa 1653

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Last Edited19/03/2016
BirthOrigin*Jan was from Bengal and perhaps born there circa 1653. 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 May 1678 Jan van Bengale was sold by Pieter de Ruijter to Cornelisz Adriaensen, for Rds. 60.2,3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.135.. 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. 135, 12.5.1678: Jan from Bengal, sold by ship's bookkeeper Pieter de Ruijter to Free Burgher Cornelis Adriaens for Rds. 60.
  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): 12.5.1678     TS 3, g.p.
    Pieter de Ruijter, boekhouer op die retoerskip … , verkoop aan Comelis Adriaensz, vryburger alhier, die slaaf Jan van Bengale vir 60 Rds. [Onderteken op die 13.5.1678]. Hereinafter cited as "Die notariële stukke II."

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