Francyn van Angola1

F, #13910, b. circa 1638

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Last Edited15/07/2015
Birth*Francyn van Angola was born circa 1638.1
Origin*Francyn van Angola first lived in Angola.1 
(Slave) ShipVoyage On 14 October 1657 the Amersfoort departed Vlie enroute to de Caep de Goede Hoop where it docked on 28 March 1658. With more than half the journey completed, on 23 January 1658, probably off the coast of Angola, the Amersfoort sighted a Portuguese slaver with 500 slaves on board. After a 24-hour chase, the vessel was captured, and 250 slaves were taken aboard the Amersfoort for the journey to the Cape. The crippled Portuguese vessel was abandoned to whatever fate might befall her, 250 slaves and her crew.

Of those, when the Amersfoort heaved to in Table Bay two months later, only 174 had made it alive, most them, according to Jan van Riebeeck "girls and small boys" - among them were Francyn van Angola.2,3,4 
Slave TransactionsFrancyn van Angola and Francyn van Angola were sold by Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck, to the Company circa 1662 de Caep de Goede Hoop.5
Slaves owned by individualsBetween 6 May 1658 and 18 September 1659 Francyn van Angola was owned by Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck.1


  1. [S676] Attestation, C2391; Council of Policy, 4 September1652-6 February 1660, Western Cape Archives and Records Service as transcribed and annotated by Mansell Upham, Guinees
    Dirck ende Dirckie [Hoewj/Hoen(a)/Anna]           

    Hier onder heeft den Commandeur een Angools [Marij Pekenijn] tegen een Madagascarsz slavin [Eva van Madagascar] die per abujis onder d'Angoolse na Bat:a[via] gesonden is
    Mathijs en: Marselij [Claesje?]
    Domingo en: Francyn
    Tomas Keuken ende Marij
    Klaes Kelder
    Jan Meeu en: Marij Pekenijn
    Jackie Joij
    Ouwe Jan en Isabel [Maaij Isabella?]

    Meijndert van Antongil                becoming van den Coopman Cops

    Marij van Bengale [Maria da Costa]          door Jacob Reijniersz op Batavia laten                                    coopen aen de heer gesonden

    Domingo [sic Elisabeth van Bengale] ende          van d'heer Kemp hier aen de Caep becomen
    Angela [Maaij Ans(i)ela van Bengale] van ditto [Batavia]

    Eva en haer soontie                    voor S:[ieu]r Verburgh op Madagascar                                    voor den Commande:[u]r gecoght sijnde                                    dese Eva per abuijs onder d'Angoolse                                    slavinnen na Batavia gesonden als hier                                    voren aengeseijen
    Jan Bruijn

    Cleijn Eva                         door den Coningh van Antongil aen der                                    Commande:[u]rs vrou tot vereeringh                                         gesonden

    Cornelia ende
    Lijsbeth                          van Abissina door den Fransen admiral                                    Lacrox aen den Commande:[u]rs vrouw vereert

    [Note in margin about the last 5 slaves]     

    dese 5 lijfeijgenen sijn deur Comp:[agni]e goedt gedaen onder dato 2en Maij a:[nn]o 1657

    Welcke 2 laeste door ordre van d'e:[del]e h:[ee]r Van Goens den overleden onder coopman Verburghs huijsvrou ende den sieckentroost:[er]r ter Van der Staels vrou elck een provisioneel tot haar dienst sijn geleendt van allen t' welcke wij onder geschreven raedts personen des forts de Goede Hoop bij dese oirconde wil connen kennisse ende wetenschap te hebben ende volgens desen en please van acto in forma onderteijkent
    Actum in't Fort voorsz: desen 1en September a:[nno] 1659
    [signed] Roeloff de Man

    Van alle 't bovenstaande, ick ondergeschreven verclaer, mede kennisse te hebben, excepto van Marij van Bengale, Eva ende Jan Bruijn haer soontjen, die voor mijn arrivement alhier aen de Caep geweest t' sijn: doch wel uijt den monde van andere gehoort, datse gelijck boven verhoedt gecoght, ende also hier gecomen waren.
    [signed] Abraham Gabbema.
  2. [S665] Mansell Upham 'Johanna Kemp - An enquiry into the ancestry of the Cape-born Johanna Kemp (c. 1689-1778) - wife of Jacob Krüger (from Sadenbeck)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (This article is under review), March 2012. "This was followed by the arrival of the Amersfoort (March 1658) offloading a cargo of mostly Brazil-bound Angola slave children (170 of whom 125 were not sent to Batavia) captured from the Portuguese off the coast of Brazil (sometime in January 1658)..."
  3. [S646] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, JVR Journal II, 1656-1658, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W. A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, Castle Street, 1897), p.113; March 28th. N. W. breeze. The Amersfoort casts anchor; had 323 men on her, 29 dead and 30 sick. The weakest brought on shore and exchanged for others. Was provided with refreshments for the crew and the slaves who were brought on shore, already reduced to 170 in number. Many of them still very ill; most of them girls and small boys, from whom for the next 4 or 5 years very little can be got.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives, JVR Journal II 1656-1658.
  4. [S522] André van Rensburg, "Capensis (The Amersfoort)," October 2000. Hereinafter cited as "The Amersfoort."
  5. [S629] Personal communications between Mansell Upham and Delia Robertson, 2010-present. Company: Francina van Angola [later recorded lave], Ouwe Jan van Angola [no record].

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