Matthijs van Bengale1

M, #16154, b. 1682/83

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Last Edited09/04/2015
BirthOrigin*Matthijs was from Bengal and was perhaps born there in 1682/83. 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 12 or 13 years old in 1695.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 2 May 1695 Matthijs van Bengale was sold by Hermanus Almina to Christophel Haesewinkel, for Rds. 70.2


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.169.. 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.169. 2.5.1695, p. 119: Matthijs from Bengal (12/13), sold hy Hermanus Almina, second mate of De Spiegel, to Christoffel Hasewinckel for Rds. 70.

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