Claas van Bengale1

M, #16480, b. circa 1677

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Last Edited18/05/2015
BirthOrigin*Claas was from Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1677. 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 20 years old in 1697.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 29 June 1697 Claas van Bengale and Carel van Selon were sold by Coenraad Warneer to Jan Wessels, for Rds. 80 and Rds. 70, respectively.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. 29.6.1697, p. 218 (verso): Claas from Bengal (20) and Carel of Selon (sic) (26), sold by Coenraad Warneer, skipper of the Berkenroode, to Jan Wessels for Rds. 80 and Rds. 70 respectively.

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