Isaak van Bengale1

M, #16507, b. circa 1674

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Last Edited20/05/2015
BirthOrigin*Isaak was from Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1674. 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 23 years old in 1697.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 23 November 1697 Isaak van Bengale on behalf of Johan Willaars by Johannes Cleijn to Christian Elers, for Rds. 70.2


  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. 273 (verso): Izaak from Bengal (23), sold on written authority signed 31.6.1697, by Johannes Clein on behalf of Jan WiIlarts who had by then left on the Cattendijk, to Christiaan Elers for Rds. 70.

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