Claas van de Kust1

M, #14596, b. 1674/75

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Last Edited07/01/2015
BirthOrigin*Claas was from Coromandel Coast and perhaps born there in 1674/75. There was a number of slaves sold in this period by individuals who arrived at the Cape on the Cronenburg and the Wapen van Alkmaar which had sailed within a couple of days of each other from Masulipatnam.The journey took 2½ months, which does not seem to allow for a stopover to purchase slaves at another location so I am assuming that those slaves sold as "van de Kust" or "from the Coast" were from the coastal region around Masulipatnam, that is, the Coromandel Coast and that they were acquired prior to departure for the purpose of selling them at the Cape. There were othe slaves who arrived on the same vessels, and whose origins were stipulated as "van Malabar" who I believe were likely brought to Masulipatnam sometime before October 1686.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 2 January 1687 Claas van de Kust was sold by Willem Joris van de Velde to Christiaan Freser, for Rds. 35.2


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.148.. 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.148. 2.1.1687: Claas from the Coast (12/13), sold by William Joris, first mate of the Cronenburg, to Christiaen Freser for Rds. 35.

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