Marcus van Bengale1
M, #15675, b. circa 1663
|BirthOrigin*||Marcus was from Bengal and perhaps born there circa 1663. He was 20 years 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 Transactions||On 5 June 1683 Marcus van Bengale was sold by Jacob Dircx Jaarsma to Simon van der Stel, for Rds. 40.2|
On 21 August 1685 Marcus van Bengale was sold by Simon van der Stel to Johann Heinrich Vlok, for Rds. 65.3
- [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.
- [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p. 140. 5.6.1683: Marcus from Bengal (20) sold by Jacob Dircxz Jaarsma, skipper on Asia, on behalf of Jacob Overwater for Rds. 40 to Simon van der Stel.
- [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p. 142. 21.1.1685, p. 84: Marcus from Bengal (age unknown) sold by Simon van der Stel to Johannes Vlack for Rds. 65. [This date is corrected to 21.8.1685 by Shell.]
- [S203] Mansell Upham 'Cape Mothers: Groote Catrijn van Paliacatta (c. 1631-1683), her slave Maria van Bengale & her daughter-in-law Marguerite-Thérèse de Savoye (1673-1742)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), October 2014. "[Marcus van Bengale] is also likely to be the biological father of heelslag slave, Nicolaas Marcus."