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Last Edited23/12/2016
ShipVoyage On 10 April 1657 the Hasselt departed Vlie enroute to de Caep de Goede Hoop where it docked on 16 August 1657. Among the passengers were the 5 or 6 year old Gerritt Cloete, and Jacob Theunisz.2,3,4 
ShipVoyage* On 10 September 1657 the Hasselt departed the Cape (after an earlier false start) for Angola and the coast of 'Guinea' with orders to acquire slaves for the Cape. They had been deterred from attempting to purchase slaves at the bay of Luanda de St. Paulo by the presence of four other ships anchored there, and sailed on. They went first to Cape Lopez on the Gabonese coast for water and wood, and then proceeded to Andra, a slave-trading centre on the coast of upper Guinea. The vessel arrives at the Cape with 226 or 228 [different figures recorded contemporaneously] remaining from 271 originally embarked. Forty three or 45 died enroute and some women were already pregnant according to a later account. Eighty of the best 'Guinea' slaves were sent on to Batavia, and at the Cape a few abscond and many succomb to illness — by 5 March 1659 only 41 remain. The slaves had been purchased at what is now Grand Popo in present day Benin and would have come from as far afield as Sudan. The Hasslt arrived back at the Cape on 6 May 1658 and its slave cargo was discharged the following day. The following slaves would most likely have been among those who survived at the Cape: Abraham van Guinea, Adouke van Guinea, Anna van Guinea, Claas van Guinea, Deuxsous van Guinea, Evert van Guinea, Koddo van Guinea, Louis van Guinea, Maria van Guinea, Oude Hans van Guinea, Pieter van Guinea, Regina van Rapenberg van Guinea and Gegeima van Guinea.5,6 


  1. [S680] André van Rensburg, "Familia: The secret modus operandi used to obtain slaves from Guinea for the Cape: the ship Hasselt - 1658," June 2001, The Hasselt, a 365 ton pinnate?) 'pinas' left Vlie, The Netherlands, on 10 April 1657, the skipper being Jacob Hendricksz Moller [Jacob Hendrickssen Moocker].. Hereinafter cited as "The Hasselt."
  2. [S836] Vrijboek 1681 for de Caep de Goede Hoop (Cape Town) (Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/) "Gerrit Cloeten voor Jongen ende Camer Amsterdam anno 1657 met 't Jacht Hasselt aangelant". (The monsterrolle or muster rolls were in effect a population census. In my view they were likely based on ships' musters of the period.).
  3. [S795] Website The Dutch East India Company's shipping between the Netherlands and Asia 1595-1795 (http://resources.huygens.knaw.nl/das/search) "Details of voyage 0870.1 from Vlie

    Number     0870.1
    Name of ship     HASSELT
    Master     Moker, Jakob Hendriksz.
    Tonnage     365
    Type of ship     pinas
    Built     1656
    Yard     Amsterdam
    Chamber     Amsterdam
    Date of departure     10-04-1657
    Place of departure     Vlie
    Arrival at Cape     16-08-1657
    Departure from Cape     
    Date of arrival at destination     
    Place of arrival     
    Particulars     Remained for service at the Cape, and probably sailed to Batavia later on. Sailing to Arakan in 1665/66 it was wrecked.
    Next homeward voyage     
    On Board     I     II     III     IV     V     VI
    Seafarers     152     1     49               
    Soldiers               32.               "
  4. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Letters Despatched 1652-1662 to which are added land grants, attestations, Journal of voyage to Tristan da Cunha, names of freemen, &c. Vol III, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W.A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, 1900), p.308. Jacob Teuuisz:, of Cooltjesplaet, do., who arrived here in the yacht Hasselt, of Amsterdam, in 1657.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
  5. [S810] Mansell Upham 'At Earth's Extremest End… Op 't eijnde van de Aerd … The genealogical impact of the 'Angola' & 'Guinea' slaves at the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th century', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), August 2014. "pp. 5, 22-27."
  6. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), pp.10, 12. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.

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