Domingo van Bengale1

M, #16024, b. circa 1674

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Last Edited03/04/2015
BirthOrigin*Domingo was from Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1674. 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 20 years old in 1694.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 12 May 1694 Domingo van Bengale was sold by William Mackdowall to Frederick Russouw, for Rds. 80.2,3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.165.. 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.165. 12.5.1694: Domingo from Bengal (20), sold by William Macdowal, doctor of medicine on the English ship Charles the Second for Rds. 80.
  3. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, A calendar of bondage in southern Africa, 1550 to 1888, CD-ROM; ISBN 1-86918-063-1; (Cape Town: Ancestry24, September 2007), Sequence IDNO:       0891     
    Slaves First Name:       Domingo     
    Presumed Place Of Origin:       van Bengal     
    Day Of Sale:       12     
    Month Of Sale:       5     
    Year Of Sale:       1694     
    Type Of Name:       Day name     
    Continental Origin Code:       Indian Sub Continent     
    Slaves Age:       20     
    Slaves Gender:       Male     
    Price In Rixdollars:       80     
    Sellers Last Name:       Macdowal     
    Sellers First Name:       William     
    Sellers Gender:       Male     
    Sellers Domicile:       Transit-at sea     
    Sellers Occupation:       Surgeon     
    Buyers Last Name:       Russouw     
    Buyers First Name:       Frederik     
    Buyers Civil Status:       burgher     
    Buyers Gender:       Male     
    Buyers Domicile:       Cape district     
    Buyers Occupation:       farmer     
    Primary Reference:       Transporten en Scheepeniskennis. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.

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