Claas van Bengale1

M, #15962, b. between 1675 and 1677

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Last Edited01/06/2017
BirthOrigin*Claas was from Bengal and was perhaps born there between 1675 and 1677. 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. He was said to be 17 or 18 years old in 1693.1 
Marriage De facto* Circa 1703 Claas van Bengale was in a de facto relationship. This relationship is assumed. 


Christina van Trancquebare b. c 1684
Slave TransactionsOn 19 May 1693 Claas van Bengale was sold by Jacob van Amerongen to Johan Mijndertze Kruijwagen, for Rds. 70.2


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.163.. 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.163. 19.5.1693: Claas from Bengal (17/18), sold by Jacob van Amerongen, first mate of the Berkel, to Jan Meijndertsz Cruywagen for Rds. 70.
  3. [S502] Website Family Search ( "25 Dec: 1703 van Klaas van Bengale en Christina van Trankebaar [corrected in the record from Krankebaar] onder getuijgen van Jan Myndertz Kruijwagen, en Catrina van Maersen, gen[aem]t. — Klaas."

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