Arent van Madagascar1

M, #16064, b. circa 1671

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Last Edited04/04/2015
BirthOrigin*Arent was from the Madagascar and was perhaps born there circa 1671. He was said to be 24 years old in 1694.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 19 January 1695 Arent van Madagascar was sold by Hendrik Jansz van Campen to Jan Maerschalk, for f 500, Cape valuation.2
On 24 October 1695 Emanuel van Malabar and Domingo van Masulipatnam were were exchanged by Theunis Dircksen van Schalckwyck for Arent van Madagascar who was owned by Jan Maerschalk. Domingo van Masulipatnam was permitted to keep his money. Because he fits the age profile and there seems to be no other candidate, I have assumed Domingo to be the same individual purchased by Van Schalckwijck in 1687 even though on that occasion he was described as from Masulipatnam. Corrections welcome.3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.166.. 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.166. 19.1.1695, pp. 47 (verso) 48: Arent from Madagascar (24), sold by Hendrik Jansz van Campen, Free Burgher of Drakenstein, to Jan de Maerschalk for f 500, Cape valuation.
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.171. 24.10.1695, p. 1: Manuel (20) and Domingo (21), both from Malabar, exchanged by Thomas Dircx van Schalkwijck for the slave Arent from Madagascar, belonging to Jan Maarschalk. Domingo was permitted to keep any money he had in his possession.

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