Isak van Bengale1

M, #16469, b. circa 1672

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Last Edited18/05/2015
BirthOrigin*Isak was from Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1672. 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 25 years old in 1697.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 25 June 1697 Isak van Bengale was sold by Hendrick van Buytenhem to Theunis Dircksen Schalckwyck, for Rds. 70.2


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 179.. 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. 179. 25.6.1697, pp. 221 (verso) - 222: Isak from Bengal (25), sold by Hendrik van Buytenhem, second in command of the return fleet, to Theunis Dircx van Schalkwijck for Rds. 70.

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