Paul van Malabar1

M, #15577, b. circa 1653

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Last Edited16/09/2021
Birth*Paul van Malabar was born circa 1653.2
Names in the record, in publications, etc.Between 12 August 1678 and 11 July 1683, the name of Paul was written in the record as Paul.2
Slave TransactionsOn 12 August 1678 Paul van Malabar was sold by Aletta van Hinloopen to Anthonij van Bengale, for Rds. 100. Ten days later, on 24 August, Antoni signed an acknowledgment of debt in the amount of f 300 relating to the purchase of Paul, i.e. 200% higher than originally recorded. He promised to pay as much as he could afford prior to the departure of Aletta van Hinloopen to Batavia, and send the balance with the outward bound fleet the following year.3,4
Paul van Malabar was sold from the estate of Anthonij Jansz van Bengale, to Olof Bergh on 11 July 1683, for Rds. 112. He was sold by the Orphan Masters.5
On 28 October 1685 Paul van Malabar was sold by Olof Bergh to Jeronimus Cruse, for Rds. 112. I have assumed this to be the same slave sold as Paul without provenance on two previous occasions. Corrections welcome.1


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 143. 28.10.1685, p. 117: Paul from Malabar, sold by Oloff Bergh to J. Cruse for Rds. 112.. 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.136.
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.136. 12.8.1678: Paul (no place of origin given), sold by Aletta Hinlopen to
    Anthonij from Bengal, Free Burgher, for Rds. 100.
  4. [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): 12.8.1678          TS 3, g.p.
    Mejuffrou Aletta van Hinloopen, weduwee van die EHr Johan Bax van Herentals [in] lewe goewerneur alhier, verkoop aan Antoni van Bengale, vryburger alhier, die slaaf Paul van … , oud … , vir 100 Rds.. Hereinafter cited as "Die notariële stukke II."
  5. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p. Pouwlus (origin unknown) sold by Orpban Masters from deceased estate of Anthonij from Bengal, the late Free Burgher, to Oeloff Bergh for Rds. 112.

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