Thomas van Bengale1

M, #16031, b. circa 1675

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Last Edited03/04/2015
BirthOrigin*Thomas was from Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1675. 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 19 years old in 1694.1,2 
Slave TransactionsOn 17 May 1694 Thomas van Bengale was sold by William Mackdowall to Claas Hendricksz Diepenouwe, for Rds. 85.3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.165.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, A calendar of bondage in southern Africa, 1550 to 1888, CD-ROM; ISBN 1-86918-063-1; (Cape Town: Ancestry24, September 2007), Sequence IDNO:       0896     
    Slaves First Name:       Thomas     
    Presumed Place Of Origin:       van Bengal     
    Day Of Sale:       17     
    Month Of Sale:       5     
    Year Of Sale:       1694     
    Type Of Name:       Christian     
    Continental Origin Code:       Indian Sub Continent     
    Slaves Age:       19     
    Slaves Gender:       Male     
    Price In Rixdollars:       85     
    Sellers Last Name:       Macdowal     
    Sellers First Name:       William     
    Sellers Gender:       Male     
    Sellers Domicile:       Transit-at sea     
    Sellers Occupation:       Surgeon     
    Buyers Last Name:       Diepenauw     
    Buyers First Name:       Claas; H     
    Buyers Civil Status:       Councillor     
    Buyers Gender:       Male     
    Buyers Domicile:       Cape district     
    Buyers Occupation:       farmer     
    Primary Reference:       Transporten en Scheepeniskennis. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.165. 17.5.1694: Thomas from Bengal, sold by William Mackdowal (signature Mackdowall), Captain of the Charles II, to Claas Hendricx Diepenauw for Rds.85.

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