Titus van Bengale1

M, #16415, b. circa 1683

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Last Edited16/05/2015
BirthOrigin*Titus was feom Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1683. 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 14 years old in 1697.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 11 June 1697 Alexander van Paliacatte, Scipio van Bibelepatnam and Titus van Bengale were sold by Hendrick van Buytenhem to Henningh Hùijsing, the first two were sold for Rds. 61 each, while Titus was sold for Rds. 52.2


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 177.. 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. 177. 11.6.1697, p. 197: Alexander of Paliacatte (25), Scipio of Bibelepatnam (22), sold for Rds. 61 each and Titus of Bengal (14), sold for Rds. 52 by Hendrick van Buytenhem to Henning Hüsing.

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