Cupido van Bengale1

M, #16028, b. 1669/70

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Last Edited03/04/2015
BirthOrigin*Cupido was from Bengal and was perhaps born there in 1669/70. 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 24 or 25 years old in 1694.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 14 May 1694 Cupido van Bengale and Bijgeval van Bengale were sold by Jan Stam to Henning Hüsing, for Rds. 70 each.2


  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. 14.5.1694: Cupido and Bijgeval (24/25), both from Bengal, sold by Jan Stam, skipper on the Agatha, to Henning Hlising for Rds. 70 each.

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