Rangton van Bali1

M, #16534, b. circa 1673

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Last Edited08/07/2018
BirthOrigin*Rangton may have been born Rangdoe, Bali, circa 1673, he was said to be 25 years old in 1698 when sold by Jacob Joppe de Jonge, who apparently deliberately misrepresented the origins of Balinese slaves. At the time, the VOC imposed restrictions on the trade in Balinese slaves. In the transaction he was described as from Matije, most likely a fictitious place of origin. Rangton may be a derivative of Rangdoe.2,3 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.27 June 1698, the name of Rangton was written in the record as Ramtom van Matije, which was most likely a fictitious place of origin.2,3
Slave TransactionsOn 27 January 1698 Rangton van Bali was sold by Jacob Joppe de Jonge to Samuel Elsevier, for Rds. 60.4


  1. [S835] Robert C-H Shell, Behind Rangton's door: A Balinese wood-carver slave at Stellenbosch, 1673-1720 (Cape Town: Quarterly Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa, 1999), First, the import, export and sale of slaves from Bali was forbidden throughout the Dutch empire until 1720 (after which Balinese slaves were heavily taxed). Second, the sale of any slaves from homeward bound officers to Cape slave owners were subject to numerous regulations for obvious reasons of cargo space, but also insurance of such slave cargo. Only the first prohibition explains why a “Ramtom van Matije” and not a “Rangton van Bali” was recorded as being sold to Samuel Elsevier, the official charged with the welfare of all slaves at the Cape, on the 27th of January, 1698.. Hereinafter cited as Behind Rangton's Door.
  2. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 182.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  3. [S835] Robert C-H Shell, Behind Rangton's Door.
  4. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p. 182. 27.1.1698: Ramtom from Matije (25), sold by Jacob Joppe de Jongh (he signed J. P. Jonge) of De Swaag. to Samuel Elsevierfor Rds. 60.

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