Pasquael van Del Mina1

M, #15644, b. circa 1655

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Last Edited22/12/2015
BirthOrigin*Pasquael was from Del Mina and perhaps born there circa 1655. Del Mina is most likely El Mina or Elmina on the coast of modern day Ghana. It was the location of Fort São Jorge da Mina de Ouro a Portuguese fort seized by the VOC in 1637. Most likely enslaved there, Pasquael would have been brought to Cape Lopez, a peninsula on the western reaches of modern day Gabon. It is named after the Portuguese explorer Lopes Gonçalves.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 14 December 1680 Pasquael van Del Mina was sold by Jan Zeeman to Cornelis Botma, for Rds. 50. Zeeman was the skipper of the Naaldwijk from Texel enroute to Batavia. The vessel had stopped off at Cape Lopez enroute, which is presumably where Zeeman acquired Pasquael.2,3,4


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.139.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [S606] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "A.J. Böeseken se Addendum van Kaapse slawe-verkoopstransaksies: Foute en regstellings", Kronos (Foute en regstellings) 9 (1984): Terwyl die addendum by die inskrywing van 12.12.1680 die naam “Jan Baptist” vermeld, kom so ‘n naam glad nie eers in die document voor nie!. Hereinafter cited as "Foute en regstellings."
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.139. 14.12.1680: Pasquael from Del Mina, sold by Jan Baptist on behalf of skipper Jan Zeeman to Free Burgher Cornelis Stevensz for Rds. 50.
  4. [S351] Grahame Naudé, "Dutch East India Company Shipping", Familia (DEIC Shipping) 43 Number 1 (2006): Number     1401.1
    Name of ship     NAALDWIJK
    Master     Zeeman, Jan
    Tonnage     332
    Type of ship     pinas? jacht?
    Built     1680
    Yard     Amsterdam
    Chamber     Amsterdam
    Date of departure     01-06-1680
    Place of departure     Texel
    Arrival at Cape     07-12-1680
    Departure from Cape     19-12-1680
    Date of arrival at destination     20-03-1681
    Place of arrival     Batavia
    Particulars     Via Cape Lopez Gonsalvez. The ship was wrecked on the Ganges in Bengal in 1688.. Hereinafter cited as "Dutch East India Company Shipping."

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