Andries van Bengale1

M, #16506, b. circa 1677

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Last Edited20/05/2015
BirthOrigin*Andries 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 23 November 1697 Andries van Bengale was sold on behalf of Laurens Witboom by Johannes Cleijn to Christian Elers, for Rds. 65.2


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 181.. 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. 181. 23.11.1697, p. 272 (verso); Andries from Bengal (20), sold by Johannes Clijn, (signature Clein) assistant, on behalf of Lourens Witboom, first mate of the Bantham, to Christiaen Elers for Rds. 65.

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