Cezar van Bengale1

M, #16188, b. 1686/87

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Last Edited19/12/2021
BirthOrigin*Cezar was from Bengal and was perhaps born there in 1686/87. 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 8 or 9 years old in 1695.1 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.5 March 1698, the name of Cezar was written in the record as Caesar van Madras.2
Slave TransactionsOn 21 May 1695 Cezar van Bengale on behalf of Joan de Klerck by Thomas Evans to Jan Feuber, for Rds. 50.3
On 5 March 1698 Cezar van Bengale was sold by Joost Cornelis and Johann Carsten Fuber to an unknown person , for Rds. 60. I have assumed this to be the same lad purchased by Fuber in 1695.2


  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. 183. 5.3.1698: Caesar from Madras (10), sold by Johan Fuber on his departure to his fatherland to Joost Cornelis van 't Zas van Genor for Rds. 60.
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.170. 21.5.1695. p. 125: Cezar from Bengal (8/9), sold by Thomas Evans on behalf of Joan de Klerck, the captain of the Foulcon, to Jan Feuber, Free Burgher at the Cape, for Rds. 50.

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