Coridon van Bengale1

M, #16186, b. circa 1678

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Last Edited03/05/2015
BirthOrigin*Coridon was from Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1678. 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 17 years old in 1695.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 21 May 1695 Coridon van Bengale was sold by Claes Bronckhorst to Joris van Stralen and Jacob van Doornijk, for Rds. 77½.2


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.170.. 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., p. 124 (verso): Coridon from Bengal (17), sold by Claes Bronckhorst, skipper of the Standvastigheijt, to Joris van Straalen and Jacob Doornik for Rds. 77½.

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