Piet Snap van Bengale1

M, #15670, b. circa 1663

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Last Edited02/07/2015
BirthOrigin*Piet was from Bengal and perhaps born there circa 1663. He was 20 year old when sold as a slave in 1682. 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 21 May 1683 Piet Snap van Bengale was sold by Hendrick Janse to Tobias Marquaert, for Rds. 48.2
Piet Snap van Bengale and Andries were sold by Tobias Marquaert, to Gerhard Pieterszoon van der Bijl on 2 June 1684, for Rds. 170.3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 140.. 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. 140. 21.5.1683: Piet Snap from Bengal (20) sold by Hendrick Janse bonte Kraai, skipper, to Tobias Marquart for Rds. 48. [Assuming this should have been: Hendrick Janse, skipper of the Bontekraai which was a vessel of the VOC]
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p. 142. 2.6.1684: Piet Snap and Andries from an unknown origin sold by Tobias Marquart to Gerrit van der Bijl for Rds. 170.

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