Cornelis van Bengale1

M, #16081, b. circa 1665

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Last Edited27/05/2017
BirthOrigin*Cornelis was from Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1665. 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 30 years old in 1695.1 
BaptismSlave On 13 June 1700 Cornelis van Bengale was baptized Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town).2 
Slave TransactionsOn 10 March 1695 Cornelis van Bengale was sold by Jacob Vlasblom to Simon van der Stel, for Rds. 100.3
Slaves owned by individualsOn 24 October 1706 Cornelis NN was owned by Simon van der Stel. I have yet to conclusively identify this individual, but on this date Simon van der Stel may have owned two slaves named Cornelis, they were Cornelis van Bengale and Cornelis van Madegascar.4


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.167.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [S502] Website Family Search ( "[13 Junij 1700] na voorgaande belydenis gedoopt Cornelis van Bengale, lijfijgen vande oud heer goeverneur."
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.167. 10.3.1695, p. 67: Cornelis from Bengal (30), sold by Jan Vlasblom, skipper of the Crab, to Simon van der Stel for Rds. 100.
  4. [S502] Website Family Search (

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